Changes to London’s congestion charges caused a stir in 2017, and 2018 is already proving to be an important year for the haulage industry.

Here’s the future tech that is most likely to change trailer hire:

Smart Motorways


Over 10 years ago, the first smart motorway opened to traffic on the M42.

Journey reliability has increased by 22% since smart motorways were introduced (according to Highways England).

The following smart motorway projects have been completed (since the M42):

·  M1 junctions 32-35a

·  M3 junctions 2-4a


Several smart motorways are underway in 2018:

·  M60 junction 8 to M62 junction 20

·  M1 junctions 23a- 25 and 16-19


And the following smart motorway projects are planned:

·  M62 junctions 20 – 25

· A1 (M) junctions 6 – 8

· M6 junction 6 – 4

· M6 junction 13 – 15

· M42 and M40 Interchange (M42 J3 and J4 plus M40 J16)

· M4 junctions 3-12

· M3 junctions 9-14

· M23 junctions 8-10


What does this mean for you?


With the majority of motorway routes being managed automatically, there should be less congestion and therefore faster haulage job completion times. 



The benefits of platooning, currently being debated in the industry, includes fuel savings, improved traffic flow and more job opportunities in the logistics sector.

The process is currently being tested. However, many industry experts are critical that safety considerations aren’t receiving enough attention.

The RHA has since requested to be more involved in testing to ensure safety is part of the development.

It’s still early days for platooning, but 2018 is likely to be the year of significant progress with this system.

What does it mean for you? 


2018 is likely to be the year where many questions on platooning are answered, so it’s vital for fleet owners and anyone hiring trailers to keep an eye on this. If platooning becomes mandatory, then this will impact haulage job planning. It also brings up the question if lead platoon drivers will need different driver qualifications. 



Tachographs are nothing new, but the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) launching in 2019 will be the tachograph of the future.

The GNSS tachographs will record:

·      if the truck is moving

·      if the tachograph card is inserted 

·      identify if any changes to time, vehicle registration, speed or calibration have been made manually

Vehicles built from 2019 onwards will automatically have the new GNSS tachographs. Existing vehicles won’t have to adapt to this tachograph for another 15 years, which is when the GNSS becomes mandatory

However, the idea behind the system is to reduce the number of roadside checks performed by the DVSA on HGVs.

GNSS tachographs are, therefore, worth considering in your business plans.

What does it mean for you?


Following our update in August 2017 about a stronger crackdown on roadside checks by the DVSA, the GNSS tachographs have the potential to reduce the amount of roadside checks needed. Thanks to GNSS the enforcement officers will apparently have more data to assess before making the call to complete a roadside check on a vehicle. While the new GNSS won’t be mandatory for a long time to come, this tacograph could become useful to reduce overall roadside checks for fleets. 

While it’s not a fast technology change for haulage and trailer hire, it’s something to be aware of.

And don’t forget whether you have a long-term haulage job or you’re looking for a spot hire deal, Leeds Trailers can help.

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