Half of UK haulage industry decisionmakers think leaving the European Union would have a negative impact on the sector, a survey has found.
The poll, carried out among more than 800 delegates at the Microlise Transport Conference in Coventry and contained in the post-event report, showed only a fifth thought an exit would be positive, with 30 per cent believing there would be no impact or were unsure.
The survey also found that 89 per cent of road transport workers think the government does not show enough understanding of the UK road economy. Some 87 per cent said they wanted HS2 rail project money diverted to road improvements.
When questioned about fuel tax, 82 per cent thought their business would realise significant benefits if there were a cut in fuel duty, and more than a third (40 per cent) believed there were not enough traffic police on UK roads.
Microlise chief executive Nadeem Raza said: “The findings of our report also show a picture of an industry which is being impacted on a number of fronts, including the driver shortage, the current Calais crisis and the highest fuel duty in Europe.”
Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association (RHA), said the government needed to go much further with appropriate road regulation and recognition of the industry.
“They have an opportunity to lead positive, lasting change and to gain credit for doing so,” he said. “The RHA is keen and well able to help them do that.”