Commitment To Environmentally-Friendly Road Transportation Network
Both the EU and the UK are demonstrating commitment to improving social and environmental conditions for road transportation.
The European Commission has demonstrated its continued commitment to environmental policies, by announcing a new set of initiatives centred on mobility and transport across the EU. The aim is for there to be a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution as well as a decrease in congestion. However, there are also elements of the plans that are of benefit to European organisations. Namely less red tape for businesses and more reasonable road-charging.
5 Million Road Transport Workers Affected
The road transport sector across Europe employs around 5 million people, working for instance for road freight companies, logistics, traffic technicians, highway maintenance and a wide variety of other roles. The new initiatives will be of interest to anyone working in this industry as they include proposals for better working conditions, rest breaks for haulage workers, and methods of fighting unlawful employment which does unfortunately exist in the industry.
Better For Businesses
It is hoped that the plans will benefit businesses who need to travel across European borders when shipping goods or travelling to and from premises. Tolling systems will be looked at to find a better approach that reduces various administrative regulations and wastes less time spent in traffic.
The True Cost Of Time Spent On The Road
It is acknowledged that excess time spent on the road creates more pollution, can be the cause of road fatalities or injury and also creates a health risk to citizens in terms of pollution and noise. Furthermore, transport comes at an expense to businesses and an environmental cost to local wildlife and nature.
It is estimated that road transport in the EU contributes around a fifth of the continent’s greenhouse gas emissions. Because of this, the EU has committed to investing EUR 1 billion to control private investment in the development of a green transport infrastructure.
Back in February, it was announced that these funds were a combination of investment from public financial institutions, the private sector and the European Fund for Strategic Investment. Various projects were promoted with the overriding aim being to improve the conditions of the Trans-European Transport network. Emphasis should be given to reducing problematic bottle-necks, improving cross-border links and committing to the digitalisation of transport, particularly in poorer nations.
The Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc explains “Achieving our vision for seamless, intelligent and sustainable mobility in Europe requires investments that public funds alone cannot provide. That is why we are launching an innovative solution to make the best of our resources and unlock untapped private investments.”
This news will surely be welcomed by all workers within the European road transport industry and of course those from the UK who regularly access roads on the continent during freight deliveries. Similar initiatives are also being introduced at home, where councils across the country have access to £21 million in funding which is being used to promote green forms of transport, thus improving lives through sustainable and responsible transportation.
There’s a long way to go before we’re a zero emissions nation, but such change both on a domestic and European level is a positive step in the right direction.