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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.

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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.

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Transport and emission trading system

Date: 19 October, 2015

On October 13, 2015 NLA participated in a workshop on the European Emissions Trading System, (ETS) organized by CER, the organization for European railway operators.

Transport is today excluded from ETS. One reason is the relatively more costly reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the transport sector compared to for instance heavy industry. Transport is instead included in the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD), which establishes binding annual greenhouse gas emission targets for Member States.

“Road transport is prepared to pay its share of external costs, but it needs to be a complete analysis” comments Soren H Larsen, CEO of NLA. “Road transport is already paying a lot in charges and taxes, not least fuel taxes at the pump. These contributions must be taken into account when assessing contributions to paying for CO2. Furthermore, alternatives need to be available. A lot is happening on alternative fuels, but the ambitions still seem to be low and the lack of a harmonized solution still makes the choice of technology a difficult decision for an operator”.

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Social Dimension in Road Transport in European Parliament

Date: 15 October, 2015

The European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) had organised a meeting on the social dimension in the road transport sector on Tuesday October 12, 2015 in the European Parliament.  Members of the Transport Committee  in the European Parliament and other stakeholders, including NLA, participated to discuss in particular ETF’s ideas on better enforcement. Nordic Logistics Association share many of ETFs opinions according to social dimension in the road transport sector and fully support a concept for better enforcement.

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