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Freight transport – a key enabler for enhancing productivity in Scotland – says Minister

Minister for Transport, Keith Brown MSP, has said that he recognises and values freight transport as a key enabler for enhancing productivity and delivering sustainable growth.

Speaking at the FTA Transport Manager Conference in Dunblane yesterday, Mr Brown stated that he recognised the commercial nature of most freight transport operations adding: “I want to talk about how we work in partnership with the FTA and others to ensure Scotland and our freight sector is ready and able to not only meet, but benefit from whatever challenges and changes arise.”

Delegates attending the FTA event heard first hand from the both the Minister and other key speakers including the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, Joan Aitken, on the latest compliance developments, legislation and future priorities that will impact of the freight industry.

Within his presentation the Minister added that ‘Scotland could not provide a supportive business environment without an efficient, effective and modern transport infrastructure.’

Margaret Simpson, FTA Country Manager for Scotland commented:
“FTA was delighted to see so many of our Scottish members taking the opportunity to hear first-hand from the Transport Minister, Keith Brown and the Traffic commissioner, Joan Aitken. We look forward to working closely with each of their Departments to ensure our members views and requirements are represented at all levels and stages where we can help the industry. We were also very encouraged by the emphasise that the Minister gave on continued investment in the transport infrastructure and the importance of our joint partnership in helping our members face the challenges in our industry.”

FTA’s Transport Manager Conferences, sponsored by Goodyear and Volvo Trucks, arm transport managers with the tools they need to meet the challenges of an increasingly pressured environment in which their role is often changing. The 2014 series of events continues on 5 November in Sheffield, 12 November Southampton, 19 November in Slough and finishes in Birmingham on 3 December.

The cost for FTA members is £295 plus VAT for the first delegate and £265 plus VAT for subsequent delegates; for non-members £395 plus VAT for the first delegate and £365 plus VAT for subsequent delegates.

To book a place call FTA Member Service Centre on 08717 22 22 or email events@fta.co.uk

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