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HGV Drivers – What Does 1.89 billion Tonnes Mean To You?

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It’s how much weight was lifted by HGVs in 2016.

According to the Department for Transport, 1.89 billion tonnes is how much weight of goods were lifted by GB registered HGV’s in 2016.

Let’s try and put that into some perspective.

  • It’s the equivalent of 36,130 Titanics or
  • 137,956,204 Big Bens. (Big Ben is the name of the bell not the tower which weighs in at 13.7 tonnes )
  • Based on a 44 tonne cargo, that’s 42,954,545 HGV loads

The government statistics and a Labour Force Survey produced in 2016 reported that there was on average around 318,700 HGV drivers employed across all sectors in 2016.

Which works out at 5930.3 tonnes per driver for the year.
22.72 tonnes per working day (based on a 261 day working year (5 day week))
This was a record high since recording began in 1990 and was up 15% on the previous year. It’s clear to see that the haulage industry is in high demand and is still struggling to find people to take up jobs as drivers.

The movers

The definition of goods moved is:
“The weight of goods carried, multiplied by the distance hauled, measured in tonne kilometres.

Last year GB Registered HGVs moved an impressive 170 billion tonne kilometres.
As a number that’s 170,000,000,000

That’s 691,337 times the estimated road length of Great Britain! (245,900 miles)
Again this figure highlighted the fact that UK hauliers are busier than ever with this being another record number in 26 years.

Our lorry drivers are moving 75% of the nation’s goods.

Roads continue to be the primary method of transporting freight within the UK. In 2015, just over three quarters (76%) of all goods moved were by road, with the remainder by water (15%) and rail (9%).

Percentage of goods moved by various transport methods
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