The freight industry has released a logistics manifesto with its top ten asks of government.
In advance of the general election on 7 May, top industry body the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called for more understanding of the sector from government, and more partnership working to ‘deliver economic growth, improve safety and reduce pollution’.
FTA director of policy, Karen Dee, said: ‘Logistics underpins every aspect of modern life. 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 manifesto policy top 10 are:
1. Recognise the logistics sector’s essential status
2. Reduce fuel duty for commercial vehicles
3. Provide support for industry’s skills development programme
4. Invest in national transport infrastructure
5. Encourage and enable private sector investment in transport
6. Commit to a plan for increased hub aviation capacity and preserve current access to night flights
7. Ensure regulatory systems are fit for 21st century logistics
8. Partner with industry to develop a programme which addresses both the carbon and air quality challenges
9. Support the uptake of environment-friendly freight
10. 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.