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Swedish member turns 100 and looks to the future

Date: 05 May, 2017

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

Date: 27 March, 2017

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

Date: 01 March, 2017

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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