The challenges that have faced the haulage sector in recent years are beginning to filter through to consumer markets with disruption to some foods in supermarkets, as well as supplies of food, drinks and other supplies to major hospitality brands.

In February 2017, before the Brexit process began, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett warned that the UK was at “the tip of a dangerous iceberg on the horizon”.

We are now starting to see the true scale of that iceberg as restrictions on freedom of movement due to Brexit and COVID-19 lockdowns have impacted the availability of qualified road haulage drivers in the UK.

This is creating road haulage bottlenecks combined with an additional lack of qualified drivers due to more stringent qualifications and a high retirement rate in the sector.

So it’s more important than ever to work with a reliable haulage company who you can trust to get your cargo to its destination on time, every time.

A Silver FORS accredited haulage company

Chris Bennett (Heavy Haulage) Ltd are proud to be a Silver FORS accredited haulage company under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme.

This is run by TfL, as well as major London construction projects like Tideway and Crossrail, and focuses particularly on hauliers who operate in London.

Being a FORS accredited haulier means we are certified as meeting the very high operational and safety standards required under the scheme.

We were one of the first to be awarded Silver FORS accreditation, allowing us to serve customers and delivery destinations across London.

Although the recognition is based solely on our activities in the capital, we hope it also provides confidence to our customers about the very high standards of our haulage operations nationwide.

A fully featured fleet

Our fleet is well equipped with low loaders, mobile cranes, beavertails, articulated and rigid flatbeds, our 7.5-tonne tautliner and all the appropriate escort vehicles.

Crucially in the current climate, we have no shortage of drivers for our vehicles, so we are in a strong position to meet the needs of new and existing customers.

If you are planning a challenging road haulage operation, for example an unusually wide or heavy load, we can help you to obtain the necessary permissions and find a safe route.

We work closely with local councils, police services, highways agencies and bridge authorities nationwide to get your abnormal loads to their destination safely and legally.

Find out more

You can find out more about our services, fleet and some of the main sectors we work with on our website.

Check back on our blog for the latest news updates as we navigate the post-Brexit and post-pandemic challenges that we will all face in the coming months.

We are open to enquiries from new and existing customers, and will continue to work hard to provide the capacity needed by all our clients in this highly demanding climate.

To get in touch, please fill in our online contact form, email or call our Manchester office on 0161 406 8466.