Freight transport chiefs have called on the government to help lorry operators following publication of a new report on the sector.

The Burns Inquiry Report, commissioned by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Road Haulage Association, recommends that the government should lessen the impact of high fuel duties on the road transport industry and charge foreign-operated trucks for using UK roads.

It says £3.75bn could be raised by charging foreign trucks fuel tax.

FTA chief executive Richard Turner said: “The report clearly finds that there are substantial issues of inequity which are impacting on the transport industry and which only the government can deal with.”

The report was compiled following contact with more than 3,000 individuals and companies from across the UK.