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Logistics sector needs better support from Government, says FTA

15 April 2015 #CV Show #Logistics #News #Policy #Top Stories

The Freight Transport Association is calling on government to provide “better support” to the logistics sector.

Launching its FTA Logistics Manifesto 2015 at the CV Show, the organisation has made a list of the 10 most important things the next government should consider. These are:

  • Recognise the logistics sector’s essential status.
  • Reduce fuel duty for commercial vehicles.
  • Provide support for industry’s skills development programme.
  • Invest in national transport infrastructure.
  • Encourage and enable private sector investment in transport.
  • Commit to a plan for increased hub aviation capacity and preserve current access to night flights.
  • Ensure regulatory systems are fit for 21st century logistics.
  • Partner with industry to develop a programme which addresses carbon and air quality challenges.
  • Support the uptake of environment-friendly freight.
  • Help towns and cities develop transport plans which deliver economically vibrant, safe and attractive places.

Karen Dee, FTA Director of Policy, said, “We can make logistics more efficient, but we need better support from the government. This doesn’t need to come with a huge price tag, but it does need greater understanding of the way we really operate, and how government can work with us to achieve its own aims.”

Meanwhile, the Road Haulage Association has also used the CV Show to launch its General Election 2015 Manifesto, which is calling for a three pence per litre cut in fuel duty among other recommendations.

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