Currently, around 26% of journeys carried out by haulage firms throughout Europe are part loads or empty loads.

A part load or empty load seriously impacts on profits because a matching load could not be found for the vehicle, and has a serious environmental impact with unnecessary carbon emissions. Furthermore, empty or part loaded trucks also have an impact on the environment as it constitutes an inefficient use of the truck which is emitting unnecessary greenhouse gases.

Worse still, these current statistics show that the European haulage industry is underperforming compared to its counterparts in other parts of the world. Particularly as the number of trucks running empty loads increased in two-thirds of the EU countries; most notably in Bulgaria and Romania.

Due to this, the EU will continue to make road transport more expensive, for example through increased fuel taxation and the introduction of further road usage taxation at a European level. These measures aside, it is hoped that the uptake of cleaner vehicles as well as further promoting cleaner modes of transport will also contribute to lower CO2 emissions, and vehicle manufacturers will be expected come up with a reliable solution in the very near future.

However, it is not just the lawmakers for whom the trucks running on empty loads are a major problem. Transport firms all across the European continent are looking at solutions that will optimise the use of their fleet. One of the solutions to reducing part load or empty load journeys is of course to find loads that match the capacity of their vehicles, and that can be done by the use of powerful IT platforms which allow the haulage firm to find loads and accept them at a click of a button; therefore taking the European road-haulage industry to another level.

The use of such a system is expected to considerably reduce the number of trucks that are running empty or which only have a partial load on-board.