Publikováno: 14. 2. 2014
EuroCommerce calls for a broad reflexion on the simplification and minimum level of harmonisation that could be achieved at local level to access city centres
When retailers and wholesalers deliver to town centres, they would then waste less time and resources on the planning of deliveries. This will also reduce congestion and any negative impact on the environment by increasing the efficiency of transport operations. The call for harmonised access to cities is one of 17 concrete recommendations by EuroCommerce to make freight transport in Europe more efficient and sustainable, in a report released today.
Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce, explained: “Obviously, access to city centres is a matter for local authorities to decide upon. However, the effect is that each city has its own system to deal with congestion charges, access restrictions, delivery hours, etc. Truck drivers that deliver in different cities have to deal with all these differences, resulting in added costs and complexity. Europe could help, by bringing actors together and encouraging simplification and some form of harmonisation of practices and tools. We know that calling for harmonisation of what is a local matter may not be very popular today. But if we want to realise the Single Market, removing these small hurdles would help competitiveness.”
The EuroCommerce report ‘Commerce on the move’, which includes recommendations for an efficient and sustainable EU freight transport policy is the result of a consultation among logistics experts from retail and wholesale. It was released at a lunch debate in the European Parliament today.
Hosting the event, Gesine Meissner MEP (member of the Transport committee) discussed the importance of striving for an efficient freight transport policy and the need for a level playing field between passenger and freight transport. She said: “Transport should not be discussed too ideologically. By making transport modes and supply-chains more efficient we not only save cost but also reduce emissions and help the environment. Freight transport is a key priority and initiatives such as a public consultation on access restrictions, which may increase the efficiency of operations and move commerce forward, are welcomed.”
Speaking at the event, Søren Larsen, Chairman of the EuroCommerce Working Group on logistics offered the willingness of the sector to be involved when legislation is developed that could have an impact on commerce’s operations: “Besides making recommendations to policy-makers, we are keen to work with all the other actors of the logistics chain in order to deliver better results for all. In order to do so, we ask that the sector is regularly consulted and that we look at concrete ways to increase collaboration with local authorities.”
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