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Driver Shortage in the North?

Also the Scandinavian countries have a need for more truck drivers in the coming years. Both Norway, Denmark and Sweden have reported that more truck drivers are sought, and recruitment will be a key challenge moving forward. Finland however, seem to be experiencing a more balanced situation.  

 

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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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Reduction of CO2 from road transport

20 July, 2016 the European Commission (EC) presented the new legislative proposal for a Regulation on binding greenhouse gas emission reductions by Member States, for the period 2021-2030. These emission targets cover the sectors of the economy that are not part of the scope of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), which is transport, agricultural, building and waste management. These accounts for almost 60% of the total EU emissions.

The proposal from the EC follows up on the Effort Sharing decision from 2009, which established Member State targets in the non-ETS sector between 2012 and 2020. The proposal states this sector must reduce emission with 30% within the EU by 2030 compared to 2005 as contribution to the overall target. Each Member State got individual targets for cuts which vary from 0% to 40%.

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NLA board elects chairman

The board of NLA was elected at the annual meeting of NLA in Stockholm in September 2016. On the picture you see the four board members from left Mr Geir A Mo (NLF), Mr Erik Østergaard (DTL), Mr Iiro Lehtonen (SKAL), and on the far right Mr Rickard Gegö (SÅ). Next to Mr Gegö is Soren Larsen, CEO of NLA.

At its first board meeting on October 3, 2016 in Bruxelles, the NLA board elected its chairman. Mr Erik Østergaard was unanimously re-elected as chairman for the coming year.

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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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Call for better, smarter, targeted enforcement

Improved enforcement for road freight transport is central in the on-going preparations for the revision of a number of EU rules for the market. Focus has been on better cooperation between national authorities, rules that are more enforceable and more effective, efficient and dissuasive controls and sanctions. A discussion on a different organisation of enforcement in the
EU has also been on the agenda, such as an EU agency.

“At todays event NLA had the opportunity to emphasise the importance of enforcement for fair competition in the EU,” commented CEO of NLA Soren Larsen. “Our message today was quite simply a demand for action. Many things can be done here and now – we do not have to wait for new rules or regulations. What we need is a commitment from the Member States that the rules must be followed, that they will be controlled and that sanctions will follow when you break the rules. The experience from Norway, where investments have been made in new, modern control equipment, shows how easily it can be done for the benefit of all the operators who are following the rules.”

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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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Social rules also for road transport

The Commission has March 8 taken a step towards an EU based more on equal social conditions in the internal market for the improvement of fair competition. This is a step in the direction of the stated objective of same pay for same work in the same place, as declared by the Commission in its work programme.

“NLA welcomes that the Commission clarifies the situation for road transport and the posting of workers directive” comments NLA CEO Søren Larsen. “It is made clear that posting of workers does apply also to road transport in the EU. Some have tried to ignore this fact and we welcome the fact that the Commission is confirming, that rules for the social and working conditions for drivers and haulers  outside their home country do exist. However, it is also clear that a direct application of these rules to road transport will be very complicated. It is therefore welcomed that the Commission will continue this discussion within the framework of the coming road transport initiative expected later this year/early 2017. This will give the road transport industry the possibility to improve the set-up for social conditions for road transport in the EU internal market”

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