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FTA calls for better support from Government in Logistics Manifesto 2015

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said that the logistics sector needs ‘better support from Government’ in order to make logistics more efficient in the UK.

Launched today at the CV Show – the FTA Logistics Manifesto 2015 sets-out the priorities to deliver economic growth, improve safety and reduce pollution. The Manifesto states that the logistics sector needs greater understanding by Government of the way it operates and that it must work with the industry in order to make it more efficient, improve safety and lower the environmental footprint.

Karen Dee – FTA Director of Policy said:
“Logistics underpins every aspect of modern life. It is utterly indispensable to the working our home lives, our businesses, our schools and hospitals – everything. 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.”

FTA’s Logistics Manifesto Policy Top 10 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 both the 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

The FTA Manifesto has been sent to prospective parliamentary candidates for their consideration during the election campaign.

The Commercial Vehicle Show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham where FTA can be found in Hall 4, Stand 4G31. Representatives from the Association will be on hand to discuss its Logistics Manifesto, and talk to visitors about the challenges they may be facing in their day-to-day freight operations. There will also be the chance to discover more about FTA’s products and services, including the new Driver CPC consortium.

Also, for the first time at the CV Show – FTA has a dedicated Van Excellence stand which can be found in Hall 4, Stand 4D15. Visitors will be able to find out all about the scheme and to take advantage of a 10 per cent discount off a subscription to the Guide to Van Excellence.

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