Organizers in Britain have cancelled what is billed as the country's largest transport and logistics event, The Commercial Vehicle Show, because of the bad economy.

In a statement on their web site, The Commercial Vehicle Partnership announced they had agreed to cancel this year's CV Show, scheduled for April 28-30 in Birmingham, England.

Despite the economic downturn, some 290 exhibitors signed up for the show, so the organizers consulted heavily with them before making the decision. "While some support was forthcoming, it was not enough to retain the credibility that the CV Show has created as a major international event of its type and which the [organizers] were keen to maintain," said the statement.

'This was a difficult decision but, on balance, the right one," said Roger King, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, one of the show owners, along with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers. "What we learned from this exercise was that despite a generally negative response to 2009, there appears a much more positive approach to 2010 which encourages the Partnership to set plans in motion for a show in April of that year."