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Tramping & Bun Wagons: The Lingo Of The UK Road Haulage Industry

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If youve ever heard a couple of truckers chatting between road haulage trips in the UK, you may have found yourself baffled by the assortment of phrases and expressions littered throughout the conversation. Well, consider the confusion gone; as I lift the lid on the mystery of haulage company speak:

Wagon

Wagons just a standard term for ones haulage vehicle. In my experience, UK road haulage workers are fiercely proud of the wagons and make every effort to make the...


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haulage, haulage company, uk road haulage, heavy haulage logistics, back loads


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If youve ever heard a couple of truckers chatting between road haulage trips in the UK, you may have found yourself baffled by the assortment of phrases and expressions littered throughout the conversation. Well, consider the confusion gone; as I lift the lid on the mystery of haulage company speak:

Wagon

Wagons just a standard term for ones haulage vehicle. In my experience, UK road haulage workers are fiercely proud of the wagons and make every effort to make them as glamorous and comfortable a space as possible. Which seems fair enough, considering how long they have to spend in such a tiny space.

Tramping

This one is as a direct result of making the wagon comfortable many heavy haulage and logistics drivers will take to spend days at a time camped out in their wagons. Extended stays in this home away from home is affectionately known as tramping.

Cab

Technically, the part of the wagon that the haulage company workers will spend their time tramping in is the front section of the lorry with the controls. This part is known, in the UK road haulage industry, as the cab.

Fitter

The fitter is, as you might expect, a mechanic charged with fixing up faulty haulage vehicles. With the daily use the wagons take, its no wonder that a trip to the fitter is a regular, but unwelcome part of the UK road haulage workers schedule.

Forky

While its tempting to consider this is a delightful colloquialism for cutlery, in the same way as knifey or spooney would be, its actually just the term for a fork lift truck driver.

Shed

The shed is simply the term for the warehouse think of it as where the forkies live.

Bun Wagon

I must admit, I was lost for words when I first heard this little gem slipped into conversation. What it actually refers to is one of those mobile fast food vans, which is often overly tempting to a haulage company worker with a rumbling stomach!

Back Loads

In normal deliveries, you take your load up to the delivery point, then drive back and collect another. The back load is a clever solution to save on fuel costs, where the driver arranges to make another pickup at the drop off point, allowing them to earn a little more and save on fuel costs with a well timed delivery on the journey home.

Milk Run

If a haulage companys driver has a days work composing of quite a few deliveries on a set route, the days work is playfully described as a milk run.

Finally, there are a couple of expressions that workers in the UK road haulage industry are well used to hearing, much to their frustration:

Its only 2 inches on the map whats taken you so long?

Usually delivered in a frustrated tone, to regular haulage company drivers, inches on a map can be easily translated into an approximate delivery time!

Ill call you back in a minute

In more professions, this means exactly what it says: you will be called back shortly, because somethings come up. In the world of heavy freight and logistics, this almost universally means I have tired of talking to you now, and am going to end the conversation.


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