New industry index shows UK road transport rates stabilising after record 30% rise

UK road transport pricing has stabilised after a record high 30% increase over 33 months. The figures come from the new TEG Road Transport Index, which is intended to reveal the latest industry data on price-per-mile in the road transport market.

New industry index shows UK road transport rates stabilising after record 30% rise
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According to the new index, before stabilising in October, the sector experienced the highest price-per-mile average across all vehicle types in September 2021 — a 21.8 point increase compared to September 2019, and a 26.1 point increase compared to September 2020.

The TEG Road Transport Price Index, compiled by the Transport Exchange Group since January 2019 from over four million aggregated and anonymised transactions (representing over 8,000 member businesses), reveals unique data on pricing in the road transport market covering haulage and courier services.

The price-per-mile average is currently at its second highest level in 34 months. Year-on-year (October 2020 to October 2021), the price-per-mile average across haulage and courier services has surged by 24 points.

Year-on-year (October 2020 to October 2021), the haulage industry has experienced the steepest rises, with prices surging by 34.2 points. Courier services have also seen sharp year-on-year price-per-mile increases, jumping by 15.8 points.

Moreover, the Index reveals that the overall price-per-mile average hit its lowest point in May 2020 – soon after the first UK lockdown began.

“Demand for freight transport drivers and fleet capacity is unprecedented, with various factors meaning it will remain high for quite some time. We’ve been able to chart the rise in demand with our price-per-mile data and the TEG Road Transport Price Index will allow anyone to take the pulse of the industry,” said Lyall Cresswell, CEO of Transport Exchange Group.

The key influencers for the TEG Road Transport Price Index have often been changes in the cost of diesel and demand levels for road transport.

The who monitor the index say driver pay will also have been an element contributing to the rise from Spring 2021 onwards, but it looks as if potential overheating of transport rates is now abating, although there may yet be further pent up demand.

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