Select Committee selects freight and FTA

Posted on: Wednesday, 4 July 2012 by Mike Webb

The Transport Select Committee yesterday held an evidence session into issues affecting the road freight industry, and this meant an opportunity for FTA to set out the principal concerns of its members to the influential Government scrutiny body. Indeed, following FTA was Transport Minister Mike Penning, giving the Committee the chance to put FTA's concerns directly to the minister.

A range of topics was discussed ranging from cabotage to the parlous state of industry confidence, emissions reduction, the future of tolling in Britain and plans for the vignette.

After addressing the Committee, FTA Policy Director Karen Dee said:

"FTA is delighted that the Committee has convened a special inquiry to look into issues which affect logistics companies every day.  From the importance of fuel economy to the environment and barriers to greater operational efficiency, the industry is leading the way as the country looks for growth.  We welcome having the chance to impress this important work on the Transport Committee.

"Much discussion centred on the relationship between the different modes, and the key message left with the Committee is that each mode of transport has a role to play in the supply chain – the market will dictate the choice of mode provided that not only is each mode as efficient as possible, but that the interchanges between them are also operating efficiently.

"We are pleased that the minister understands the overwhelming importance of efficient logistics, and heartened by his stance on cabotage and the need for a fair European playing field.  We will await the Committee’s findings with interest."

FTA will be back in Parliament today to discuss the future of rail freight with Labour's Shadow Transport Minister John Woodcock.

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