2019 Transport And Logistics Trends

Posted on 24th Apr 2019 09:55:22

2019 Transport and Logistics Trends

You may have read our recent summary of the successes in the UK transport sector in 2018. Despite ongoing economic uncertainty, the logistics industry had a landmark year in 2018 with burgeoning sales both in the UK and worldwide. There was plenty to celebrate.

But resting on our laurels would be unwise. There are changes afoot in the sector that need to be understood and careful preparations made. A research report compiled by PWC gives some useful guidance on what the five main logistics trends will be in 2019 and beyond, and how we can approach them. Here’s a summary of their findings.

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Clean Air Zone Friendly Vehicles

Posted on 17th Apr 2019 09:41:16

London Clean Air Zone (CAZ)

Regular readers will note we’ve been writing extensively about the rapidly developing clean air agenda in the UK. Most will know London has been at the forefront of these initiatives and will be the first to implement rigorous emissions legislation called the ULEZ in April 2019.

Add to this the advanced clean air plans for Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester and the writing is on the proverbial wall. Our towns and cities are going to change as CAZ schemes spread like seasonal flu. And they could be just as debilitating.

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Travelling Through Greater Manchester? That’ll be £100, please.

Posted on 10th Apr 2019 10:11:31

Manchester City Centre

The UK clean air debate is accelerating at a dizzying pace. Now it’s Greater Manchester’s turn to weigh in. This city region is one of a growing list of conurbations planning to implement a so-called clean air zone (CAZ). These schemes aim to limit the harm that noxious emissions have on urban populations.

In making these plans, Manchester is following suit with London’s advanced rollout of its vast ultra-low emissions zone (or ULEZ) of which the first phase starts in April 2019.

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Tyres Over 10 Years To Be Banned

Posted on 3rd Apr 2019 09:45:06

Old tyres stacked

It’s a sad fact that as we age, we feel increasingly less able. It may begin with a few aches and pains and progress through to when we finally decide to take things a lot easier.

It’s just part of life. We instinctively know when it’s time to slow down a bit, take on less and accept our limitations. Happily, in the modern age, this time comes a long way down the road, and most live full and active lives. The same idea applies to things in our lives. Our possessions ultimately wear out, and when their useful life is over, we dispose and replace.

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Strict CO2 Reduction Targets For New HGVs By 2030

Posted on 27th Mar 2019 09:44:44

Traffic on a motorway

There’s an apt quote from the American inventor Charles Kettering that we can use to kick off this blog. ‘My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there’.

It’s an idea that’s true for every one of us in every area of our lives. That’s why, where possible, it’s helpful to know what the future holds so preparations can be made to accommodate change and embrace opportunities.

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Over 50% Of Vehicles Operating In Clean Air Zones Not Yet ULEZ Compliant

Posted on 20th Mar 2019 09:51:46

Traffic on a motorway

As responsible suppliers to the UK transport industry, the Truckcraft Bodies team are becoming concerned about the impact that the ever-growing number of clean air zones (CAZ) will have on the sector.

That’s not to say we’re ignorant of the justified concerns that government and local authorities have about the impacts of poor air quality. It’s obvious we have to find a middle way. One that protects people’s health and keeps the cost base of the commercial transport sector under control.

It’s alarming to find that recent research by telematics firm Masternaut estimates that over 50% of vehicles entering clean air zones like London’s up and coming ULEZ don’t comply with the stringent requirements. And with other CAZ in Birmingham and Sheffield rapidly developing, the situation is deteriorating by the day.

The situation is getting urgent given that phase one of the ULEZ will commence in April 2019 with schemes in other cities slated to start from 2020. Transport firms who ignore this information are sleepwalking over a very costly cliff.

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Out Of Town Commercial Hubs - The Future Of The UK Transport Industry?

Posted on 12th Mar 2019 09:26:19

Traffic on a motorway

It’s getting busy out there. It seems like the UK is shrinking. Our roads are becoming increasingly clogged. Vehicles abound. Cars, buses, vans, trams, lorries and bikes are all squeezing into our towns and cities taking up the diminishing room on our finite urban highways. That’s until the inevitable crunch happens and everything stops.

Soon we’ll all be subject to a perma-jam, choking on fumes and going nowhere. Traffic congestion will become the norm. In the absence of extensive road building, there’s only one place this is going, and that’s more congestion legislation.

We can take the example of London and the development of the ultra-low emissions zone due for implementation in April 2019. It’s inevitable this will spread like a money-spinning contagion to many other UK conurbations. Within five or so years, we’ll all be paying to drive into the city. And that is terrible news for the UK transport industry.

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Renault’s New Pro+ Master Range

Posted on 6th Mar 2019 10:47:05

Renault logo - Renault's New Pro+ Master Range

Any decent builder will tell you if you build on weak foundations, you’re going to get an unstable structure. Clearly, that’s not a good situation. And it’s a notion that applies in many areas of our lives including the truck bodies sector.

We believe that a great vehicle conversion needs to start with solid engineering. Build-quality that’s able to support the truck body and offer unwavering service. A truck foundation that’s match-ready for when the vehicle goes to work and for many years after.

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6 Fuel Saving Tips For Your Business Fleet

Posted on 25th Feb 2019 10:58:17

Petrol station at night

It seems apt to quote a venerable Mancunian when starting this article. Norman Foster, the award-winning architect and philanthropist, summed up the subject succinctly when he said ‘Anything that reduces fuel consumption and cuts down on greenhouse gases is good news.’

Foster is of course correct. Any measures that improve fleet fuel consumption are not only good for the planet but can have a significant impact on business finances. And with a few fuel-saving tips, a business fleet can make real reductions in the fuel consumed and gain all the benefits that can bring. 

So, to get you started, here are 6 simple fuel-saving tips that any commercial driving company can use to take a big bite out of their fuel costs. 

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Built To Last, Care As Standard

Posted on 20th Feb 2019 11:38:43

Ford Transit Luton van

How often have you bought a product that as soon as it is out of its 12-month warranty, it goes pop? It seems to be happening more and more. Misleading sales tactics make us buy poorly built products that last only as long as the manufacturer’s guarantee then stop working leaving you without a legal leg to stand on. 

It’s becoming such a problem that the government are looking at ways for consumers to get some much-needed recourse.  

Happily, Truckcraft Bodies are one of only a few commercial body builders that know how important the reliability and longevity of our products is to our clients. That’s why our truck body warranty policies are something you can rely on.

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2018 Commercial Vehicle Manufacturing

Posted on 14th Feb 2019 09:47:12

Ford Transit

You’ll have noted; there’s a lot of doom and gloom around at the moment. With concerns over the economy, political strife and our relationship with Europe, you’d think there’s no positive news to fuel our optimism. 

Bucking this trend, news from the commercial vehicle manufacturing sector shows that 2018 was a very successful year for the sector. And while there may be rocky times ahead the past year has been a high water mark for the commercial vehicle body builders industry. 

Here are the headlines.

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Are You A Heavy Goods Driver?

Posted on 7th Feb 2019 10:18:59

are you a heavy goods driver

There are loads of significant advantages to being a commercial driver. The flexible hours, the overtime pay, or visiting new and exciting places both in the UK and abroad. Indeed, many drivers list these parts of the job as the ones they enjoy the most.

Looked at from the outside, these things do look good. There’s no boss continually looking over your shoulder – great! You can listen to your favourite shows on the radio – brilliant. What’s not to like?

And with the continuing advances in commercial vehicles from innovative truck body builders, the job’s becoming increasingly easier and more comfortable.

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FORS Launch New Fuel Management And Winter Driving Guides

Posted on 23rd Jan 2019 09:59:13

FORS Winter Driving Guide

Commercial driving is a tough business. It takes a certain kind of person to travel the thousands of annual miles the job entails. Even in good conditions, it’s an exacting trade and the onset of severe winter weather brings additional challenges to the role.

That’s why the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) winter driving and fuel efficiency guides are so useful. These publications offer a comprehensive digest on how fleet drivers can mitigate the worst of the winter weather on both themselves and their vehicle. The accompanying fuel management guide covers the essential knowledge and skills required to drive in a way that promotes fuel efficiency.

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TRAILAR Awarded Most Innovative Product At FTA Logistics Awards

Posted on 15th Jan 2019 15:51:45

TRAILAR awarded most innovative product

In life, it’s so important to have loyal and trusted friends. People you can rely on to give you the help you need to meet your goals and solve problems. That’s why at Truckcraft Bodies were pleased to have partnered with TRAILAR in the development of our new generation of delivery vehicles.

And with TRAILAR’s recent success in the Freight Transport Association (FTA) awards for the ‘most innovative product’ category, it’s great to know we’re using the very best solar technology a truck body builder company can source.

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Truckcraft Bodies New Fridge & Freezer Bodies

Posted on 10th Dec 2018 23:01:47

New fridge freezer bodies

There was a time when the only refrigerated vehicle you would see on a regular basis would be an ice cream van. Hordes of excited kids would flock towards the van’s chimes begging their parents to buy them an icy treat.

Nowadays, temperature-controlled vehicles are a common sight on our roads. Home grocery deliveries happen in neighbourhoods every day bringing frozen and ambient foods to our doors in perfect condition. Most people probably don’t know, or think, about the refrigeration technology that supports this modern way to shop.

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Is Your Business Prepared For The Ultra-Low Emissions Zone?

Posted on 4th Dec 2018 11:15:40

ULEZ - Ultra-Low Emissions Zone

Things are changing in the Capital. From April 2019 new emissions legislation will add to the costs of busy transport companies who make regular trips to central London. These increases will be especially acute for those whose truck fleet is especially old.

The current ‘T-Charge’ that operates in central London is to be expanded to cover all areas within the North and South Circular roads by October 2021. It will be known as the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone or ULEZ.

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Lower CO2 Emissions And Save Up To 5% On Fuel Efficiency

Posted on 28th Nov 2018 10:16:08

Lower CO2 Emissions


We can’t ignore the growing evidence. Climate change is affecting every one of us in some small way. And the effects on our planet are becoming alarmingly apparent. The news regularly tells us of the ongoing impacts of global warming on the oceans, on our wildlife, our rainforests and the Arctic.

It’s becoming worrying, and it’s clear we all have to do something to make a difference. To try to change the path we’re on.

This is why Truckcraft Bodies are taking a leading stance in the commercial vehicle industry. As an innovative company, we are continually looking for ways to help the transport sector to become a good global neighbour and save money for your business.

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A New Generation of Delivery Vehicles

Posted on 15th Nov 2018 11:06:49

New Generation of Delivery Vehicle


Greater Manchester’s Truckcraft Bodies are delighted to have collaborated with TRAILAR to develop a new generation of delivery vehicles. As commercial body builders committed to innovation and ongoing product development, the collaboration with TRAILAR will result in a unique, low-entry, 3.5-ton refrigerated vehicle.

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Featuring article in TCS&D

Posted on 29th Oct 2018 14:32:34

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Bespoke Vehicles

Posted on 9th Aug 2018 16:37:53

Curtain Sided body with Moffett Mountin Kit & Sliding Roof

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Keeping you cool whilst temperatures soar

Posted on 24th Jul 2018 14:11:41

The Low platform fridge body

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Official Approved DHL Supplier

Posted on 5th Jul 2018 12:10:03

We have officially become an Approved DHL supplier.

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Truckcraft Bodies 15th anniversary

Posted on 9th Mar 2018 11:33:43

Paul Leary, Legend in the making!

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Our Renault Range

Posted on 20th Feb 2018 10:10:21

View our Renault Range

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Fun at the races

Posted on 3rd Oct 2017 15:46:39

We Had a Lovely time at the races.

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Why Truckcraft Bodies?

Posted on 1st Jun 2017 12:33:36

Why invest in truck craft? 

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Welcome to Truckcraft Bodies

Posted on 22nd Aug 2017 14:56:57

We make all truck bodies and we will do more next year

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