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• Road haulage has been harder hit by the recession than the economy as a whole with the amount of freight moved by LGVs falling by 3% last year.
Most of the decrease was caused by declining bulk traffic: down from 45 billion tonnes three years ago to 37 billion tonnes in 1992.
Food, drink and tobacco were the only bright spots: movement rose by 1.5% during the year. Chemicals, petrol and fertiliser transport were slightly down.
Ax-tics travelled three times the distance of rigid vehicles: overall, the activity of both classes decreased in 1992 with tonne-kilometres falling by 6% and 1% respectively.
The long term trend away from in-house transportation continued to 1992 with outside hauliers handling 71% cent of transported goods.