IRU publishes paper on the future of transport

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The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has published a white paper on the future of transport in the European Union.

The paper identifies the current situation in the EU and recommends policy priorities in the context of new economic, social environmental and user perspectives.

It calls for a genuine public-private partnership, stating that it is the most fundamental aspect of any successful and sustainable new European transport policy that meets sustainable mobility needs of all EU citizens and goods.

It suggests that this will be achievable through policies that enhance both road transport facilitation and sustainability.

It highlights light touch legislation, market-driven free modal choice, further innovation, doubling of collective passenger transport, a single enforcement space, transport free of crime, a well directed and funded infrastructure policy, a sustainable workforce and a clear urban transport policy as key.

IRU general delegate to the EU, Michael Nielsen, said: “The IRU’s key message to be reflected in the European Commission’s white paper of 2010 is that the industry is ready to demonstrate what can be achieved across all policy objectives if regulators, in a true public-private partnership, set the right conditions for a market-driven transport system that includes all modes in a non-discriminatory manner.”

Click here to read the white paper.

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