Fabian Demicoli

Commission adopts new White Paper on Transport

 GRTU welcomes the European Commission's new Transport Policy White Paper published on 28th March as a good first step towards a resource efficient, integrated transport system. The private sector supports the use of new technologies, the development of adequate infrastructures and the emergence of reliable multinational operators active in multiple modes of transport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For commerce, the efficient delivery of goods is of utmost importance. We strive to use the most cost efficient modes of transport which offer reliability, quality and flexibility. Where these needs are met.

GRTU fully supports more efficient freight transport on both long distance and ‘last mile', but the fact must be recognized that there is no alternative to road transport for the last mile. The transport system in urban areas must reflect this reality: there is no alternative to road transport in assuring deliveries to the many small shops that make our city centres alive and vibrant.

GRTU is also concerned that road transport is seen as a never ending source of finance for future transport investments and for maintenance. The commerce sector is willing to pay for more efficient and sustainable transport. But we have serious concerns about the ongoing discussion on the Eurovignette and road pricing and the White Paper's long list of initiatives which need financing (investments, new vehicles, training of staff, restrictions etc.). We fear that the commerce sector will end up effectively paying a tax on distribution in urban areas. This is not good for city centres, competition or consumers.

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