Monday, March 1, 2010

Freight Transport Association Issues Warning To UK Government

Invest in Logistics or See Britain Slump
Shipping News Feature

UK – One of the UK’s leading logistics trade bodies, the Freight Transport Association (FTA), has issued a warning to the contending parties in the upcoming elections that they must commit to greater national investment in transport and logistics issues or face the prospect of ‘a future of under-achievement’ for the country.

The FTA is calling for political parties to add provisions in their respective manifesto’s that deal with a number of issues that impede the freight industry and which the organisation believe that the government can do more to resolve.

In a statement Jo Tanner of the FTA said: “Logistics delivers our food, our medicine and even warms our homes. Its 2.3 million strong workforce contributes billions to the Treasury each year and modern society is not only enriched by our sophisticated global supply chain, but almost entirely dependent on it. Yet, too readily politicians will treat logistics as little more than a cash cow and fail to tap into the huge potential to save money, drive environmental efficiency and improve road safety.”

The trade body wishes to see several commitments made to greater investment in transport infrastructure, which the FTA points out will benefit multiple sectors across the country; greater efforts to curb truck crime, which costs the logistics sector £250 million every year; amendments to the training that new drivers receive so as to make them more aware of how to behave around heavy vehicles on the road; greater support for anti-pollution programs and an appreciation by politicians to the value of the freight industry generally, something they believe is lacking.

Jo Tanner added: “If politicians can engage with The Commitments, as laid out by FTA, then we will all reap some real benefits. After all, this is a sector that warrants being made a song and dance over.

“As we limp out of recession, it is more important than ever that the logistics sector is given political support at the highest level to not only improve how it runs, but also how it can profit the whole of society. We all want safer roads, greener business practices and a more efficient supply chain; it is time the powers that be started to listen more closely to the logistics sector to help make the UK all that it can be.”