Normally in the run-up to the Budget the transport organisations are clamouring to get the government to cut fuel duty – or at the very least not to increase it. But this year, prime minister Theresa May short-circuited the process by telling the Tory Party conference on 3rd October that fuel duty would be frozen.
The excruciating negotiations over a Brexit deal seem to have eclipsed the fact that this is “Green GB Week” – a government led celebration of clean growth (according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).
The news that XPO Logistics plans to deploy 5,000 intelligent robots throughout its distribution centres in Europe and the US highlights the speed with which the technology is moving into the mainstream.
The gig economy is continuing to grow rapidly, according to research in the US by the JP Morgan Chase Institute. And the sector growing fastest is transport.
Back in the 1980s every other truck on the road seemed to have a Cummins-Eaton-Rockwell power train. And the beating heart of the truck was the Cummins diesel engine. Even today, Cummins can claim to be the world’s largest independent manufacturer of diesel engines.