Focus Area

The main issues of concern for Nordic Logistics operators

Labour Market

It is the opinion of the NLA that action needs to be taken on the EU-level to prevent further unsustainability in the labour market for transport. In recent years, we have seen a drastic increase in social dumping. The process where foreign companies takes advantages of loopholes in the current regulation undermines the labour marked. It has forced a pressing on wages of drivers, which has led to a lowering of attractiveness of the occupation. This combined with an aging workforce offers a potentially severe shortage of drivers in the future. NLA strongly believes that immediate actions needs to happen to prevent a worsening of the situation. We need to be able to cope with future demand, which require an attractive sector, which can provide opportunities for both new and existing drivers.


Aid for Combined Transport - Marco Polo

The Marco Polo programme, which overall objective was subsidising actions to move freight from road to other modes has ended and will not be extended. The Commission is now looking for a replacement programme to support climate/environment friendly actions in transport. It is NLA’s opinion that the one-sided focus of the Marco Polo programme has proved a failure. The EU should think more inclusive about road transport. The policies that the EU has supported which concentrate on pushing freight on to non-road modes has proven ineffective . NLA stresses the point that the policy has also been dissuasive for developing and strengthening cooperation between road transport and other modes.


Deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

NLA accentuates the positive role of ITS-solutions in the development of sustainable urban logistics and mobility chains. It is NLAs opinion, that any coordinated action on ITS applications should focus on the deployment of solutions that already exist and have proven efficiency. It should not be used to initiate further basic R&D.  NLA supports the use and implementation of different tools, in areas such as traffic management, travel information and booking of loading bay. Prior to any implementation of ITS applications a careful analysis should be undertaken, in order to avoid any misinterpretation of the real needs of the market and consequences on road transport as a whole. NLA underlines the importance of securing interoperability and avoiding fragmentation in the deployment of technologies.


Safer, Cleaner Lorries Now!

Nordic Logistics Association has together with a long list of other associations including IRU, European Transport Safety Council and Transport & Environment issued a declaration on January 29, 2014 calling for redesigned lorry cabs with a fuel-saving aerodynamic front and rear without reducing load capacity.   Redesigned lorries would not only be cleaner and more comfortable for drivers, but also much safer, saving hundreds of lives every year.
The present proposal from the European Commission is an opportunity to introduce these improvements.