Haulage Subcontractors wanted

Due to a growing customer base Road Haulage Services have a variety of opportunities for professional, motivated owner drivers within the UK and Europe. Our customers require a variety of different sertices from ad-hoc work, return loads and tramping to regular long term transport.

Road Haulage Services use modern technology to streamline the booking, POD, Invoicing and payment process for our subcontractors. Owner drivers will be given access to the RHS App which offers a wealth of features that enable you to concentrate on the road.

Our targeted mapping allows transport managers to quickly identify suitable vehicles 

Haulage work for owner drivers

We currently require:

HGV Subcontractors

Owner Drivers – for Light Haulage Contracts / Ad-hoc Light Haulage Work


Drivers can receive:

Rapid payments (within 24 hours for some jobs)

Consistent work

No sign or membership up fees – As it benefits us and our customers to have lots of suppliers in our database we do not charge to be a part of it

Subcontract haulage transport rates:

We understand the pressures of being a transport subcontractor and understand the pitfalls of the industry and we will alway seek to pay a fair rate. Owner driver price per mile:

Transit / Luton Van approximate rate per mile £1.80

7.5tn approximate rate per mile £2.20

18 / 27tn approximate rate per mile £2.50

Artic approximate rate per mile £3.00

Please note that these rates will be affected if a ferry crossing is involved or if the origin / destination is far away from commercial areas.


This is when a driver will work from job to job effectively living on the road for several days at a time and eventually working their way back towards their home destination. As a part or our network driver will often be able to pick up work to complement this style of work.

Haulage Return loads / Back loads

With lots of work available you will be able to reduce empty miles and hopefully increase your profitability. We have various methinds of alerting hauliers to potential loads but the main 3 tend to be Email, WhatsApp, and our own In-house driver App. 

Contract Logistics

Many drivers prefer to have a contract in place and we offer flexibility and a personal touch for our contract logistics partners. We will set you up with our in house App that enables tracking, POD sign and scan options self billing and a host of other benefits.



For Shippers

Road Haulage Services has been providing a range of services across the UK and Europe for many years now and our expers office team has over 60 year experience in freight haulage and logistics. The majority of our activity falls into the following categories:

Full  & Part loads  |  3PL  |  Contract Logistics  | Pallets

HGV’s / LGV’s

3PL – Our dedicated dispatch managers manage many daily shipments and our sophisiticated online portal gives customers real time tracking on vehicle movements, collections and delivereds. Our driver app gives us and you real time visibility and tracking.

Contract logistics – We operate many daily, weekly and monthly shipments for a variety of customers. By using a small number of trusted partners we can help to give customers a stable service and will often solve issues without having to burden our customers with disruption.

There is no absolute rule when it comes to haulage rates per mile as there are usually four or five factors that will impact price. That said however this guide will give you a good idea and you can always contact us to request a quote if required.

The biggest consideration is usually the speed of delivery. If you require goods transported same-day or overnight for longer journeys you can expect to pay a premium.

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Factors that affect Haulage rates

Interestingly you may have thought that requiring a larger vehicle would bump up the cost however this is not usually the case and the haulage rate per mile is typically similar for an Articulated lorry as it is for a 7.5tn lorry. You may notice a decrease for vehicles smaller than a 7.5tn lorry as these can often be driven by anyone who gained their UK drivers license prior to about 1978.

Size and weight of the load can be a major factor affecting the rates; as mentioned above if a bigger vehicle is required then specially trained drivers must be involved which increases the cost. If you are sending Pallets then again weight is a major factor but for different reasons.

For road haulage in the UK there are many variables however as a rule of thumb you should allow £1.50 per mile. There are variables that can swing this up or down.

Ferry costs, tolls, and urgency are all factors that can increase haulage prices. The primary factor that can bring costs down is flexibility of collection date as your haulier may be able to include your goods on a back load.

The table below gives the haulage rate per mile of some of our recent EU Work

Goods / Vehicle Load Destination Price £ Price Per Mile £ Notes
2.4m x 1m x 1.2h @ 600kg ME12 2DE Carrer Francesc Macià, 3, 43519 El Perelló, 219 0.22  
100x60x100h @ 220 kg Spain 07180 BB10 2AA 175 0.12  
120x110x120cm - 200kg LE7 1NA 28794 Madrid Spain 145 0.13  
1 @ 120x100x200k @ 1000kg BS31 3TJ France 83570 225 0.24  
4 x 120x100x220h @ 1000kg each E10 5SH 1070 Brussels 355 1.48  
120 x 100 x 1.3 high weight 60kg SN16 9RE EX16 9JU 89 0.79  
800x1200x650h @ 250kg SK6 4HZ 84089 GERMANY 112 0.14  
5 pallets 120x100x150, 250 kg each S4 7QB 62420 France 415 1.19  
1 Uk pallet 120x100x200, 400 kg S4 7QB Bulgaria 5750 255 0.14  
10 @ 120x100x150h - 250kg each 00163 Italy 400479 Romania 1225 1.75  
3 @ 120x100x200. 400kg each S4 7QB 24060 Italia 335 0.32  
100x80x100h. 360kg Spain 07180 BB10 2AA 220 0.16  
100x120x150 pallet , max 250 kg weight S4 7QB WA15 7RU 69 1.38  
Full load 26tn vehicle Shamley Green GU5 Ringwood BH24 595 7.43  
120x100x200h @ 400kg S4 7QB HA9 7RD 80 0.49  
1 X 120x100x100 @ 500KG 90482 NURNBERG, GERMANY TN12 6UT 260 0.43  
18 Pallets / 7 ton 97616 Germany L24 9GS 1725 2.16  
33 pallets : 80x120x120 /weight 120kg each Poland Elblag 82300 CH4 0BY 2585 1.91  
1 pallet 1500 kgs 1300mm x 1300mm x 400mm 58089 Hermany WV4 6LE 310 0.58  
120x80x110h @ 300kilos Italy 81020 BT41 2SJ 279 0.16  
11 @ 120x100x150h 1000kg each 46960 Spain DN1 2PH 1645 1.26  
120x100x80 @ 40kg ME10 2PG 28237 Germany 114 0.23  
60x80x93h total weight kg .100 71016 Italy E5 9NA 116 0.09  
3.8 x 1.2 x 1.2 m @ 400kg SK10 2BN 53804 Germany 270 0.47  
3 @ 120x100x100h @ 350kg each RM19 1NZ 2750 Moerkapelle, Netherlands 155 0.52  
100x100x100h @ 100kg - non stack L31 2LZ 62-023 Robakowo Poland 130 0.11  
120x80x80h @ 125kg LS27 0BN 06766 Germany 99 0.12  
120x100x600h @ 40kg SK5 7BS 14612 Germany 104 0.12  
120x100x30h @ 25 kg PO20 7PL CT19 5LD 69 0.58  
Articulated Lorry warrington chelmsford 660 3  
Full Load Colchester O2 Arena 550 8.46  
700kg Pallet Lisbon (Portugal) London 225 0.17 Most of this journey was by Ferry
100kg Pallet Norwich Seville (Spain) 230 0.17 Most of this journey was by Ferry
250kg Pallet Valencia (Spain) Brighton 245 0.21  
50kg Pallet x 2 Malaga (Spain) London 750 0.54  
Sprinter Van Wales Romania 1650 0.98  
GOH Trailer CV6 CF24 895 7.27 Specialist vehicle used
GOH 7.5tn Basildon Switzerland St.Louis 1295 2 Specialist vehicle used
Full Load Harlow Italy 1295 1.01  
Full load Harlow France 695 1.3  
Pallet 100kg Glasgow area 87130 France 215 1.17  
2 pallets @ 1,000kg each Norwich area 50850 France 270 0.57  
2 Direct Pallets London Marseilles France 645 0.83  
11 pallets Haverhill Hanover - Germany 495 0.89  
4 Heavy Pallets Clacton Erlangen Germany 570 0.87  
5 large crates Surrey Eindhoven 450 1.49  
2 X Pallets @ 650kg each Wrexham Giessen Germany 329 0.5  
Pallet 130kg York Bretzfeld 115 0.16  
Full Load Wrexham Waldenburg Germany 965 1.26  
370kg Pallet x 2 Chelmsford Turin (Italy) 295 0.38  
1000kg pallet x 2 Norwich Ger France 245 0.52  

What does Volumetric weight mean?

The volumetric calculation looks like this: L x W x H if your goods (in Meters) multiplied by 250. If the resulting number is greater than the weight of the goods (in KG) then the volumetric weight will be used to calculate the cost for transport.

Example: If you have a pallet of goods that weigh 250kg and measure 120x100x220cm your volumetric calculation will look like this:1.2 x 1 x 2.2 = 2.64. 2.64 x 250 = 660. In this example the haulage costs will be calculated as if the pallet of goods weigh 660kg.

Economies of scale

If you have an opportunity to transport a greater quantity of goods there are economies of scale to be achieved and knowing about these can help business in their pricing and supply negotiations. Below is an example of the per pallet cost to send a ship from the UK to the north of Italy.
£220 – single pallet      £275 – two pallets / £137.5 each
£320 – three pallets / 106.67 each
£1350 – full load up to 26 standard pallets / £51.92 each
A full load is 26 Standard pallets @ 120x100cm or 33 Euro pallets @ 120x80cm. It is alto worth noting that different vehicles would likely be used to ship a small numbers of pallets as opposed to full or part loads; this affects maximum pallet heights. Full or part loads may ship directly onto an international trailer with a maximum height of around 2.5m whereas small numbers of pallets would be collected and delivered on smaller vehicles with a maximum height of 2.2m.


Personal effects

Typically we do not transport personal effects as it is difficult to insure however we are happy to work with private individuals and business customers and try to offer everyone good value for money. It can often pay to speak to someone in advance of your first time international pallet shipping. Usually what catches people out is timing and letting your haulier know any key collection or delivery dates is important. If you start to run out of time your options will decrease which may require an expensive dedicated vehicle or worse, lack of an available vehicle altogether.

Market observations

With the recent drop in the pound many of our UK customers are finding new business in Europe and exports are a fresh and growing element of their operation.

Oversized Pallet Prices

We offer business and private users access to competitive rates for pallets up to 1.2m wide by 2.6m long that would typically be classed as oversized. If your goods are relatively lightweight we can be exceptional value. The UK pallet courier network can collected the same day if booked before 10:30am with next day delivery in may cases.

If your goods are on a standard or Euro pallet but overhang in any direction this is fine but be aware that exposed edges can be more vulnerable out ought to be properly secured. We can arrange collection with a tail lift vehicle however of your pallet/crate is long (over 2.4m) and heavy it is best to load with a fork lift where possible or to ensure there are a couple of people who can help load as a backup to ensure the collection happens smoothly.


Shipping pallets to property in Europe

any people require building materials supplied to and from Europe. Typically a lot of Stone from areas of Italy and Spain and many people also ship tiles from the UK and Spain. If you have a building project and need supportive transport we can help but be aware that success is generally achieved when we have a solid contact locally to book the delivery with along with having a good description of any access issues or easier routes.

Oversized pallet to Europe

For pallet delivery to Europe (the near continent Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal typically) allow between 4/6 working days depending on destination and be aware that in many instances an Expedited service is available. Pallets to Greece can take a lot longer especially if delivery is to a rural location.

NOTE: At many times of the year Bank holidays in the UK and on the near continent clash. April and May are particularly notable in this respect so it is best to plan well ahead of where possible.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • For continental land transit the hauliers liability to you, the owner of the goods, is calculated at around £8 per KG. Additional insurance up to £10k coverage can be purchased for £20, and for higher value goods we will provide you a bespoke quotation.

  • As the roads and ferries can be unpredictable we do not guarantee delivery timescales however we do work hard to ensure rapid transit where required.

  • Yes. To ensure smooth transit it may be necessary to discuss access and timings with our service personnel and we can ensure that a tail lift vehicle is used where required.

  • 'Standard Pallets' are 120x100cm and 'Euro Pallets' are 120x80cm. Anything bigger than this would be classed as oversized or if your goods overhang the pallet (not recommended unless the goods are sturdy) it would also be classed as oversized. If possible it is best to keep the height to a maximum of 220cm as anything taller may not fit through the doors of many standard vehicles. Our oversized pallet quotes are calculated on the exact measurements of your load so you will not pay for more space that you use.

  • Typically 5 working days is a good rule of thumb for most western European countries.

  • For domestic pallets and Exports, we can sometimes collect same day If booked before 10am. On most occasions though collection will be next working day and for Imports it is best to allow 2 days.

  • Yes (depending on the distance). This will require a dedicated vehicle.

  • Yes. Engines or vehicle parts must be fully drained of any oil or fuel prior to transport as spill and leaks can create a slip hazard and a fire risk.

  • Yes, often we can provide an online tracking link. If this is not available our service personnel can keep you updated on transit.

  • If your goods can be moved by hand (small and lightweight) or by forklift then it may not be necessary to put them onto a pallet. Typically though a pallet is essential for transit.

  • Kerbside refers to the position and availability of goods. Collections must be from a place accessible by the vehicle and goods will not be move further once off the vehicle.

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