Retrofitting of contour markings for lorries? Not likely!

Date: 14 January, 2016

At a meeting on January 12, 2016 in Bruxelles the spotlight was put on the lorries in the EU that today do not have contour markings. The question was if it makes sense to introduce an obligation today to add contour markings on all lorries on the EU roads, in other words retrofitting for already registered lorries. The answer was broadly a no!

NLA expressed at the meeting concern. “Our members are already doing a lot for road safety and spending many ressources on it. But the priorities are different in different countries. To ask our members to invest millions in reflective markings – because of a decision in the EU – should only be done if the evidence is crystal clear. What the study showed us was not crystal clear. It was a study based on old data, not taking into account the improved safety of trucks that has taken place recent years and thus the conclusion tends to turn in the wrong direction,” stated NLAs CEO Søren H Larsen at the meeting.


Nordic haulers and drivers together

Date: 03 December, 2015

Nordic haulers and drivers are calling on Nordic ministers to work for a framework that allows a Nordic road transport industry to continue to develop. In a joint letter to Nordic ministers of transport NLA (Nordic Logistics Association) and NTF (Nordic Transport Workers Federation), representing Nordic road transport companies and drivers, point to the unsustainable way the road transport market is functioning in the EU today. Unsustainable because Nordic road transport operators cannot run a sustainable business and offer employment in the Nordic countries when at the same time facing unfair competition based on social dumping, legal loopholes and unclear rules.


Nordic and Polish truckers together in putting pressure on the EU

Date: 05 November, 2015

A meeting between Nordic Logistics Association (NLA) and the Polish haulage organization ZMPD on October 26-27, 2015 showed large areas of agreements and shared interests between Nordic and Polish trucker.

The two organizations met in Warsaw to exchange views and experiences on a number of issues such as cabotage, third country transport, combined transport, vans, posting Directive and national minimum wages.


German certification of quality and trustworthiness

Date: 28 October, 2015

The German Federal Association of Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal (BGL, Bundesverband Gütekraftverkehr, Logistik und Entsorgung), has presented a certification scheme intended to ensure and enhance quality and security in the transport chain.

It is a joint project between BGL, the insurance company Allgemeine Versicherungen AG and Transfrigoroute (a logistics company for temperature-sensitive goods). This means that BGL guarantees the quality and due diligence of their members, recommending only safe and sound transport to transport buyers. The name is yet to be decided on – whether the certification should be called “trusted carrier” or “known transporter” will be seen, but the system should be designed as a database of trusted haulers and road operators.