Road freight and foreign heavy goods vehicle activity in the UK for the first quarter of 2011.
This statistical release presents quarterly information on the domestic and international road freight activity of UK hauliers and of foreign hauliers in UK.
The information is based on results from the following 3 continuous surveys administered by the Department for Transport:
- Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport Great Britain (CSRGT GB)
- Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport Northern Ireland (CSRGT NI)
- International Road Haulage Survey (IRHS)
Statistics on foreign hauliers in the UK are derived from data supplied to Eurostat by EU-27 countries.
The Q1 2011 data in this publication are provisional and will be finalised in an annual Road Freight Statistics publication in 2013.
- Between Q1 2010 and Q1 2011, goods moved by UK HGVs in the UK increased by 6% to over 37 billion tonne kilometres.
- Domestic freight activity trends for the UK in recent years broadly mirror those in three of the four other largest EU economies.
- In Q1 2011, there were 1.3 million tonnes of road freight exported from the UK by UK-registered vehicles. This was an increase of 9% compared to Q1 2010. There was a similar weight of goods imported in Q1 2011 (1.4 million tonnes).
- In 2011, there were about 1 billion tonne kilometres of cabotage by foreign hauliers in the UK. Levels of cabotage reported by EU-27 countries in the UK have declined in recent years. The level was 44% lower in 2011 than in 2005.
Information on road freight statistics and the 3 DfT surveys, as well as the pre-release access list, and related technical documentation can be found on GOV.UK.
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