All Road goods vehicles of all nationalities travelling to Europe in 2007 were 2,940 thousand. This was 56% more than in the year 1997. Over 2006 this number was only 5% more. Out of these, the number of powered vehicles were 2,129 thousand. This was an increase of 86% over that of 1997 level and 5% increase over 2006 level.
Total freight moved by heavy goods vehicles registered in Great Britain increased from 156 billion tonne kilometres in 2006 to 161 billion tonne kilometres in 2007. This was an increase of 4% in one year.
Freight movement through 33-tonnes gross weight articulated vehicles had an increasing share in all goods moved that was 73% of total tonne kilometres in 2007 compared to that in 1997 having 63% share.
A definite increase in overall average length of haul was registered from 68 kilometres in 1980 to 86 kilometres in 2007 and higher at 95 kilometres in 1999. Over half of goods lifted which was 52% were limited for a distance of 50 kilometres or less in 2007.
Greenhouse gas emission from goods vehicles rose by an average 2.5% in between 1996-2006. This is quite higher if seen from the perspective of 5.8% in crease in amount of goods moved and 11.4% increase in goods lifted for transportation by goods vehicles in the same period.
2.b The European road freight hire accounted for 80% of Europe's road freight traffic in 2006. Number of road freight enterprises was little changed over the period. Vehicles 5 years old or less accounted for more than 60% of vehicle-kilometres recorded by haulers in the EU of 15 nations with the exceptions of Belgium, Greece and Portugal. For members that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 new vehicles were not so common. There was emergence
0f new highly effective competitors in European road freight transport. In 2006, Poland was the major actor taking 17% of the total tonnes lifted, ahead of the Netherlands and Germany. The Czech