chapter  9
12 Pages

Environmental and Economic Issues

Environmental pressures are driving the Euro-wide freight industry to take a close look at how it conducts its business. Both in the UK and in Europe there is increasing concern about the detrimental (some would say catastrophic) effects on the environment of a growing road-freight industry; traffic congestion, air pollution, lorry noise and vibration, high levels of energy consumption, and road accidents being among the major worries. But against a scenario of ever-increasing volumes of long-distance heavy-lorry traffic moving across Europe as a result of expanding Single Market trade there are viable alternatives.