Fundamentals of Logistics

September 09, 2020

When it comes to haulage, it’s essential to use the correct lorry or truck that is suitable for the intended purpose. However, with such a wide variety of types available and with many different terminologies, it’s not always easy to know what is best suited to your requirements. At Mooov we have come up with some of the most common statistics and types of vehicles that are currently operating within the market today.

The road freight transport industry in the UK can be broken down as follows;

  • • Market Size: £27bn
  • • Number of Businesses: 54,724
  • • Industry Employment: 282,857
Figures as per year 2019

Within the road transport industry lorries or trucks are used to carry a wide range of goods. Amongst the most common goods are food and beverages (26%), minerals and building materials (31%), chemicals (8%) and miscellaneous manufactured products (35%) all requiring varying types of trailers to move the different products.

With a vast number of varying businesses operating within such a large marketspace it can be hard to know if you are speaking to the correct person for your load, if they are trustworthy and if you are getting the best deal. Being a member of the Mooov haulage exchange means you don’t have to worry about any of this, by posting your freight requests on our marketplace you get direct access to trusted and verified haulage companies, fleet owners or haulage operators taking any intermediaries out of the picture.


Using the right words can often be confusing with different hauliers requesting different or referencing things which may not be common language within your day to day business. Below are some helpful tips to make your life a little easier;

The main trade associations within the logistics industry are the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Road Haulage Association (RHA). Although there are large numbers of haulage operators who are not members of either association, FTA and RHA members do contain the majority of the total UK fleet.

Lorries or trucks can be defined as either rigid or articulated. An articulated lorry is made up of a tractor unit (cabin) and a trailer. Articulated lorries carry about half of all freight transported, and are used particularly on long national and international journeys. Modern articulated lorries can have a gross vehicle weight of up to 44 tonnes. Rigid vehicles are a complete vehicle and can be up to 32 tonnes.

Lorries or trucks can be divided into five main types;

  • • Box (commonly used for temperature controlled goods e.g. food and beverages)
  • • Curtain-siders
  • • Tanker
  • • Tipper

For more information about how the Mooov haulage exchange can become a integrated tool for your day to day business operations please contact us by email on [email protected]

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