It has been estimated that the UK haulage industry could save over 40 million miles of empty journeys by making use of the spare capacity of their vehicles returning to base vacant. This could cut carbon emissions in the UK by as much as eight per cent.
Whilst the current version of www.returnloads.net already lists over a thousand loads per day on average, saving over 150,000 HGV journeys in the last 12 months alone, the new site will undoubtedly see a further reduction in the number of empty journeys across the UK as its membership base grows. Richard Newbold, comments: “Even now, many transport, distribution and haulage companies continue to rely on large numbers of blind telephone calls, faxes and in some cases e-mail shots to suppliers in order to fulfil their business needs and ensure that they are operating at their best.
“With rising fuel prices and an increased focus on businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, there couldn’t be a better time to introduce a much a greater degree of flexibility and user functionality to the site. “