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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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Joint Nordic Letter for the Nordic Ministers

There are many good elements, but we are not quite sure how it all works together. Thats how you could summarise the comments on the new Mobility Package made by the leading road transport associations in the Nordic countries in a joint letter to the Nordic ministers prior to the meeting on June 8 in the EU Transport Council.

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New rules proposed for a more fair road transport industry

After a couple of years work the European Commission today finally adopted a big package of proposals for a new regime for commercial road transport in the EU. The new rules will have an effect on almost all elements relevant for a road transport company: rules for the establishment of road transport companies, rules on their access to the market in the EU, rules on the social conditions that needs to be applied as concerns pay, driving and rest time, and working time; new rules on the control of road transport companies in the EU; new rules on road charges paid by the industry and a new system for monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from road transport. In other words – quite a mouthful.

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Swedish member turns 100 and looks to the future

At its annual meeting on May 4, 2017 the Swedish member of NLA, Swedish Association of Road Transport Companies, celebrated its 100 years’ anniversary. The events of the day chronicled the extraordinary events in Sweden from the first initiatives in 1917 for gathering the road transport companies into one association to the challenges faced by the industry today.

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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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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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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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