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RFA announces the Available Loads Service, free to member trucking companies

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  • Have a Load to transport or maybe space on your truck?
  • Do you have extra capacity and can move a load or you have a load that needs to move?

The Road Freight Association (RFA) has announced a new innovation to assist its members, the Available Loads Service, a new benefit for its members which can be accessed on the RFA website.

RFA’s new offering is expected to be very useful for its members as demand for road freight continues plummeting and costs for trucking companies rise amidst the stringent Lockdown restrictions.

Trucking companies are under increasing pressure to transport goods when their trucks are not filled to capacity, have empty vehicles standing, or have “dead legs” / empty hauls one way.

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Announcing the Available Loads Service, Chief Executive Gavin Kelly said: “Operating a trucking company is complex and challenging at the best of times. With COVID-19 and Lockdown, however, it has become even tougher.

Truckers need to deliver goods to their clients, but with dwindling volumes, some are being forced to deliver at a loss. Our new facility enables members to consolidate their loads and move goods more efficiently and cost-effectively. It makes perfect business sense!”

Read also: What the Road Freight Association is Doing about the Covid-19 pandemic

The system is easy to use and available 24/7: all members need to do is list the details of the available trucks or loads they have or need (a type of vehicle required, date required, area, and route) and provide their contact details. All details are fully visible and members can engage with each other directly. “There is no middleman and the RFA makes no commission – nor do we charge any fee,” says Kelly.

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Kelly adds that this new service is one of several new initiatives the RFA is bringing to its members over the coming months. Response from members has been excellent, with many uploading their requests and logging in on a daily basis to check availabilities and opportunities. “This is just one more way that the RFA is able to leverage its strengths for the benefit of all its members. By working together through the Association, individual operators and the broader road freight industry is stronger”.

“The new realities of our new world mean that, as a trade association, the RFA needs to be agile and even more responsive to the changing needs of its members,” says Kelly. “The RFA is committed to doing this. I believe that this next addition to our range of membership benefits can have a big, positive impact on members.”

Kelly encourages trucking companies of all sizes to join the Association: “We are stronger together – in these uncertain times, can any operator afford not to be a member?”

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