European road freight faces further price hikes

Road tolls have increased in more European locations, with new toll rates announced on the UK’s M6 toll motorway and across Austria. 

Travelling on the 45.5-mile M6 motorway will now cost vans £11.60 and lorries £12 at peak times (7am to 7pm). 

Meanwhile, tolls for trucks travelling on Austrian roads have increased, with Euro 6 trucks facing a four per cent rise, although emission-free vehicles will be given significant reductions. The rise caused a backlash from the Association of Freight Transport. There have also, reportedly, been issues for vehicles travelling through the Tyrol – bordering Germany, Italy and Switzerland – with 32 block checks on trucks causing delays. 

Meanwhile, a survey of members of the Dutch transport and logistics association Transport en Logistiek Nederland published by Trans.Info showed a majority of members has faced smaller margins, with increasing costs but static rates paid by customers.

According to the survey, 50 per cent of companies say their transport costs increased in the second quarter of 2019, compared with January to March 2019. This is mainly because of the increase in the price of fuel, which accounts for 23-33 per cent of transport costs. The price of diesel fuel has increased by approximately two per cent in the Netherlands this year. 

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