Crossing ther Severn Bridge is no cheap task with charges set at £19.20 for a coach or lorry. So, the news today that the Liberal Democrats will be proposing to abolish all Severn tolls - as part of their pre-manifesto released in September - will be music to hauliers ears!
More than 80,000 vehicles use the two crossings each day for commuting and business reasons.
For those transport companies who have to take the £19.20 hit each time, a political promise such as this could sway a few votes come general election time in May 2015.
Although there were plenty of great trucks papped this week by Trucking's roving snapper, this week's winner is not the close-call situation of our last. Transport Cafe's Truck of the Week has raced to the number one spot - leaving all others in its dust - with a hefty number of likes, shares and comments.
It was captured while approaching J26 on the northbound M1 on the 29th July, and was posted to Trucking magazine's Facebook page on August 9th to a very welcome response.
With 1,865 likes, 14 comments and an impressive 170 shares, it was a straight run to the TOTW trophy. And, flying the flag for American transport, our winner brings Transport Cafe an international feel.
So - no more leaving you in suspense - here is our latest Transport Cafe Truck of the Week...
With a multitude of road works, a boost in economy and a certain driving deadline speedily approaching; we thought we’d take a good look at the transport sector this month.
The shortage of lorry drivers in the UK threatens to impede UK economic growth. There are too few drivers to move the growing levels of freight generated by the current growth in the UK’s economy.
Given that 60% of all freight is moved by road, the consequence of the shortage will be felt throughout the economy, with late deliveries as well as higher costs. This does not sit comfortably with today’s multichannel driven demand for more frequent deliveries, shorter lead times and greater value for the customer.