Traffic jams are costing transporters 80 euros per hour
Since road congestion in Belgium keeps on growing and the cost of delays increases year after year, transport companies are even taking this extra cost into account in the calculation of the total cost price.
According to logistics news platform Flows.be, the Belgian Institute for Road Transport and Logistics (ITLB) has calculated that every hour spent in a traffic jam means an extra cost of 80 euros for transport companies. Since road congestion in Belgium keeps on growing and the cost of delays increases year after year, transport companies are even taking this extra cost into account in the calculation of the total cost price.
Trucks have never spent as much time stuck in traffic as they did in 2017. This is why several transport companies decided to introduce a surcharge to their customers. The time lost in traffic, will from now on be paid by the clients, via a so-called ‘congestion tax’. The ITLB calculated this hourly cost based on factors like the cost of the vehicle, of the driver and of the engine running.
Avantida has a solution
Many companies argue that the extra cost of traffic delays is a necessary evil. But if there is one thing Avantida can prove, it’s that the road to congestion-free transport is real. FlexGate is an application that allows transporters to pick up and drop off empty containers at night.
For a limited period of time, FlexGate is sponsored by Smart Ways To Antwerp, an initiative of the city of Antwerp that promotes alternative transport means to get to the city, keeping it optimally accessible. On Avantida, transporters can request to drop off or pick up an empty container between 10pm and 6am at MedRepair S11, on the left bank of the river Scheldt, and the cost of the request will be fully sponsored.
FlexGate is just one of the alternative solutions that Avantida offers on its online platform. Want to know more about how Avantida can optimise your transport planning? Register now for free!
To find out more about the congestion tax, read the full article.