FTA Talks Roads and Licensing in Stormont

Posted on: Wednesday, 9 November 2011 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Northern Ireland

Earlier this week, FTA has been in Stormont to discuss two of the most pressing issues affecting the future of logistics in Northern Ireland with key figures at the top of Northern Ireland politics.

Monday saw FTA follow up a successful presentation at the All-Island Freight Forum with a fist chance to discuss the future of roads with Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy MLA. The minister, flanked by departmental staff, seemed in a jovial mood; and receptive to the key points FTA had to make - that roads into and out of Northern Ireland's key gateways should be his first priority, and that what is good for logistics is good for the economy. FTA looks forward to working closely with Mr Kennedy and his staff as he decides where to allocate the rather meagre funds open to his for road improvements.

The following day was all about Operator Licensing, and the need to blast through the administrative logjam that has seen little progress made on the issue in the last two years; since the primary legislation required was adopted into law. The Environment Committee held a special session to take evidence from FTA on Tuesday afternoon, and the Association was keen to impress on them the confusing mixed messages emanating from the Department about how prepared the secondary legislation required is, and how much work is still to be done before this vital regime of licensing for all of Northern Ireland road logistics can come on stream.

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