Thursday 21st Mar 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

RHA and FTA call for government action on logistics

The Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association have both called on the incoming government to take action to ensure logistics can support continued economic recovery.
David Cameron’s Conservative Party won an overall parliamentary majority on 7th May.

Chief executive Richard Burnett said: “With one party forming a government we look forward to forging clearer and closer relationships with ministers and officials. In December 2014 George Osborne recognised the acute nature of the driver shortage and confirmed his understanding of the problem during an election campaign visit to an RHA member.

“Without the targeted funding that is so desperately needed to alleviate this major issue, the future of the UK haulage industry will be seriously compromised and the subsequent effects on the economy unthinkable. We now demand that the new government puts its money where its mouth is and puts the issue at the top of its priority list.”

The Freight Transport Association said the new government will have a “real challenge” ahead in ensuring the economy can continue to recover, arguing that logistics has a key role to play in this.

Karen Dee, FTA director of policy said: “Mr Cameron’s new government needs to ensure that logistics is given the attention it deserves. Its policies must ensure the industry can be as efficient and effective as possible in support of businesses and consumers in the UK.”

The FTA is writing to members of the new government requesting the opportunity to discuss issues outlined in its Logistics Manifesto, and its wider ambitions for UK logistics.

In the manifesto it set out key issues which need addressing – including a cut in fuel duty; addressing skills shortages and recruiting professional drivers; and ensuring UK’s infrastructure networks (including airport capacity) are capable of meeting freight needs.

The RHA also pressed for no increase in fuel duty in the coming parliament, and investment in the road network.