ReturnHauler TM as a Resource Conserver
It is not an exaggeration to say that the planet currently has tens of thousands of bulk road tankers operating wastefully, with many running empty after delivering product just to return to their original loading points.
Due to design limitations and due to the lack of compatibility of return loads, there is no hope of these road tankers currently ever doing return hauls.
Typically many bulk tankers will run the same distance ‘full’ as they run ‘empty.’
And this could routinely be 1 250 miles (2 000 kilometres) or more per round trip.
These vehicles will be burning fuel; using tyres; using engine life equally ‘full’ as ‘empty.’
This scenario is endemic in 2016.
How will things look in 2020, and by 2040 when road systems in many regions will likely be more grid-locked than they are today, impacting heavy transport efficiencies, and impacting truck turn-around times ?
We live in a world where resources are coming under increasing pressure. There is no let up on demand, with population on the increase in many regions.
What will be happening to roads, resources, logistics and fuel distribution requirements as the world’s population goes from 7 billion in 2012 to the anticipated 10 billion in 2040.
Some countries in 2016 are drafting laws to re-introduce permit systems with the aim of regulating the number of trucks on the road, and to divert cargo away from road systems onto the rail network.
This may work to a degree for certain commodities, but rail is not always a solution for bulk liquid product.
Food-grade bulk needs to be run in specialized road tankers.
Dangerous goods specialized liquids are often transported in small quantities that are not suited to rail networks.
Hopefully ReturnHauler tanker systems will be part of the solution for the transport operators today, and in the future, to enhance viability, so transporters can remain viable in an increasingly congested and complex environment.
ReturnHauler™ allows an operator to use one truck tractor and one trailer system to do the work currently done by two truck tractors and two trailer systems (that would be a tanker and a flatbed.)
With diesel typically making up between 20 % and 35% of a transporter’s operating costs – depending on the proximity of refineries and on fuel taxation policies in various countries – ReturnHaulers provide a way of covering diesel costs, and other costs, through fuller vehicle utilization, and help transporters to remain competitive.