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Revision of EU vehicle safety rules

The number of road deaths has stagnated or even grown in some Member States since 2013. In order to reach the goal of a 50% reduction of road deaths by 2020, 8 transport ministers call for support from the European Commission for better vehicle safety rules.

 

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The Czech view: Social Aspects of the Road Package

The Czech minister of Transport, Mr Dan Tok was very clear in his statement at this mornings breakfast meeting on the social aspects of the road package: We want to be mediators between the different positions on EU road transport policy! At a breakfast meeting organised at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic, to which NLA was invited, the minister of transport expressed his understanding for the initiatives taken as concerns minimum wage etc, but he did not accept that it was reasonable to use these measures to hinder the free circulation.

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NLA puts focus on the Nordic road to decarbonisation for road freight transport

Opening the seminar of NLA on decarbonising road freight transport in the Nordics, Mr Erik Østergaard (President of NLA) stated that we are concerned about the share that we as Nordic road transport sector is expected to deliver and we are concerned about the tools and methods we will have available – or not available - to reach these goals. “The Nordic countries have several common characteristics, which differ from other parts of Europe. The countries are sparsely populated in huge parts of the area, have well developed infrastructure for both road and rail, as well as maritime and aviation transport, have access to significant ressources within agriculture and forestry and have both high-technology industry and more traditional industry with different transport needs,” stated Mr Østergaard.

For the Nordic countries, this makes sustainable biofuels and longer and heavier trucks key to meeting the targeted reductions. Yet, these two measures are the subjects EU does not like to talk about. In particular the point was made that getting biofuels right is possible - even for so called first generation biofuels. Sustainable biofuels are being produced today as a serious product, not just a niche production. It was also emphasised that biofuels are necessary as a contribution to reducing CO2 in order to reach the targets set by the Paris Agreement.

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Lack of secure parking lots affects the drivers welfare

Parking lots around Europe closed due to organized criminality and lack of secure parking's are affecting the drivers welfare. NLA participated on a workshop dealing with organized criminality and secure parking lots with other stakeholders from European Commission, national road agencies, hauliers, police, border force and secure parking organisations. The purpose was to exchange experiences and improve the situation for all concerned by this matter. What kind of measures can be taken in order to improve the situation?    

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Nine countries signed up to a “Road Alliance”

At the invitation of Alain Vidalies, the French Secretary of State for Transport, Sea and Fisheries, ministers from Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden and Norway met in Paris on Tuesday (January 31st) to jointly launch a “Road Alliance”. The nine signing countries will jointly cope with unfair competition based on social dumping in the road haulage sector.

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Byways in Road Transport

Nordic Logistics Association and Nordic Transport Workers Federation had jointly organised the conference The Road Ahead on January 24 in Bruxelles, hosted by the MEPs Ole Christensen and Ismail Ertug.

The conference focused on how to ensure fair conditions and working conditions in road transport in the EU. The basis was a report made by the consultancy COWI under the initiative of DTL Danish Transport and Logistics and the trade union 3F Transport, with the cooperation of the Danish Working Environment Agency.

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Alternative fuels for road transport

NLA is in favour of use of advanced bio-fuels, and will want to see that it is explored. To find solutions that are sustainable we will need innovation and new ideas and a supportive policy framework which makes it possible to explore new ideas. On the scoreboard for transport recently made by the Commission, the Nordic countries are high up on the list of use of alternative fuels in Europe. We need to build on this basis and continue to develop and expand the availability and use of bio-fuels. Read more about the options.

 

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A week in EU Transport Policy

France and Germany have confirmed their joint fight – with others – against social dumping and in favour of a transport and logistics sector that continue to be attractive and interesting for young people, offering long careers. Neither they nor the Commissioner see a conflict between fighting social dumping and innovating the sector. In fact it goes hand in hand to make the industry sustainable in a financial, social and innovative manner. But both challenges need solutions for EUs transport and logistics industry to survive. That’s what last week showed us about EU transport policy.

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Low-emission mobility – comments from Nordic Logistics Association

The European Commission is expected on July 20 to adopt a strategy for reduction of CO2 emissions from transport (land, sea, air). The work on the strategy has been under way for a while and NLA has been contributing in different ways through our active work in working groups at home ann in Bruxelles and in discussions with EU officials. And the effort seems to have paid off.

“The information I have received these days confirms that the Commission is taking a realistic rather than dogmatic approach to the issue of reducing CO2 from transport”, comments CEO of NLA Soren Larsen. ” “We agree on the analysis and the challenge: road transport – freight and passengers – need to continue to develop mobility with less emissions. Road freight transport has already reduced emissions of particles by more than 90%, making a truck considerable cleaner than a diesel passenger car. But we still need to improve on reduction of greenhouse gasses.”

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Minimum wage laws in transport sector

On July 7, 2016, the European Parliament's plenary session held a debate on the application of minimum wage in the transport sector, a timely issue given the application of minimum wage laws in both Germany and France.

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European Parliament against social dumping

The Transport and tourism committee of the European Parliament adopted on April 7 its opinion on social dumping in transport. The vote took place on basis of the work done by MEP Jens Nilsson (Sweden, Soc Dem) to fight the use of social dumping in the transport sector of the EU. In a vote with broad support from the big political groups in the EP the Committee supported the need for a more balanced approach to road transport policy. Legal loopholes and abuses of existing legislation in order to promote free movement and ensure fair competition. The Committee also called for steps to combat illegal activities, letterbox companies and unfair practices to ensure social protection and legal certainty for drivers and operators.

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