Hauliers warned direct action over fuel costs will damage reputation

The chairman of the Road Transport Association has warned the haulage industry not to take direct action over the rising price of fuel.

Richard Fry said that the issue should remain top of the agenda for the industry, but that action like that seen in 2000 and 2008 could cause ‘reputation damage to family firms such as Framptons’ (of which Fry is director).

The worry is that by protesting in such ways as blocking terminals and oil refineries, attempts to improve the industries reputation will be nullified. Things are already being done improve the image of the transport and logistics industry. With plans to attract more school leavers and women to the sector in a move away from the ‘Yorkie’ image that drivers have.

If you are involved in the transport sector such as pallet delivery or general haulage we’d like to hear your comments on this issue.

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