In 2022, French third-party road freight transport companies suffered unprecedented inflation in operating costs, according to the survey conducted by the CNR. The survey findings indicate that all cost components have increased significantly.
Social costs were particularly affected, with a 9.7% increase in drivers' average earnings and 7.9% in their annual travel allowances. Other vehicle-related items also saw significant increases, such as fuel cost per kilometer (+21.5%) and maintenance-repair (+15%).
In addition, the CNR survey reveals that the vehicle production indicator decreased by 4.2% between 2021 and 2022. In comparison to 2019, the last full year before the Covid-19 crisis, the deficit of production even reaches -4.8% in 2022.
These results are of concern for long-haul road freight companies who are experiencing rising operating costs and declining vehicle production. The findings of the CNR survey underline the need for companies to find solutions to offset these additional costs and improve their operational efficiency.