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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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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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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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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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