Earlier this year, the former Minister for Transport, Stephen Hammond MP, wrote to the Road Haulage Association asking if it had any plans, on behalf of the road transport industry, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.
RHA Head of Publications, Peter Shakespeare says: “After consideration we felt that the best way was to compile a short history that addressed the profound affect the war had on our industry, in terms of the sea change in transport modes that resulted from the conflict. Literally tens of thousands of trucks were built in quick time by a fledgling British truck industry for use by the War Department in France. After the war British road hauliers, until then still mainly reliant on horse or steam power, bought these vehicles and they (and the British truck industry until the 1970s) never looked back.”
To that end, the August edition of Roadway Magazine contains a 16-page supplement, supported by DAF, covering the changing face of the UK haulage industry, together with personal experiences from the front. The supplement also includes many previously unseen photographs.
This commemorative issue can also be found in the app edition of Roadway Magazine http://bit.ly/JRmnzm which now reaches an international audience. Copies have been sent to the Imperial War Museum.