Social rules also for road transport

The Commission has March 8 taken a step towards an EU based more on equal social conditions in the internal market for the improvement of fair competition. This is a step in the direction of the stated objective of same pay for same work in the same place, as declared by the Commission in its work programme.

“NLA welcomes that the Commission clarifies the situation for road transport and the posting of workers directive” comments NLA CEO Søren Larsen. “It is made clear that posting of workers does apply also to road transport in the EU. Some have tried to ignore this fact and we welcome the fact that the Commission is confirming, that rules for the social and working conditions for drivers and haulers  outside their home country do exist. However, it is also clear that a direct application of these rules to road transport will be very complicated. It is therefore welcomed that the Commission will continue this discussion within the framework of the coming road transport initiative expected later this year/early 2017. This will give the road transport industry the possibility to improve the set-up for social conditions for road transport in the EU internal market”


The track is being prepared – the shoe-laces are being tied – the climate fight in transport!

Date: 19 February, 2016

If you believe in beginnings, February 16th may have been the real start of what promises to be a dramatic struggle regarding transport and climate policy in the EU the coming 6-12 months. At the annual conference of ACEA – the truck and car manufacturer association for Europe – the message was quite clear: as OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) we can only deliver so much in CO2 reduction – the rest will have to come from policy makers, local authorities, the road transport industry, transport buyers and others.


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.