High-level meeting in Bruxelles
On Thursday February 12 the CEO iof Nordic Logistics Association met with the Norwegian minister for Transport Mr. Ketil Solvik-Olsen and his secretary of state Mr. Bård Hoksrud.
The Norwegian minister was in Bruxelles for discussions on his request for a system where Norwegian authorities can require special competences of drivers conducting HGVs in extreme weather conditions.
The meeting with NLA was a good occassion for an informal discussion on how the wishes of the minister and NLF/NLA can be promoted in Bruxelles and in the EU.
- On behalf of NLA I could offer my full support to the initiative of the miniser. Vi discussed different ways for NLA and NLF to support the discussion, informs Søren H Larsen. It is important for us to tell the story of how dangerous and how difficult some Norwegian roads can be in winter time. Accidents that block roads and mountain passes have costs in terms of money but in worst case also in terms of human lives.
In every way it is a good idea to want to ensure that all drivers using these roads during winter in Norway have the necessary competence and qualifications to tackle the challenges under extreme weather conditions.
– I will do my upmost on behalf of NLA and NLF to spread this message in Bruxelles and we hope we will meet understanding and support for the initiative of the minister, the CEO of NLA promises.
It will be important to activate Nordic organisations and build on the network NLA has established the last couple of years in Bruxelles.
- We have a good network covering different kind of associations, members of the European Parliament, representatives of different governments, driver associations etc. We well spread the message that better competences create better quality in the road transport industry and thus better road safety, says Søren H Larsen; - The Norwegian suggestions are reasonable for the sake of road safety.