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FTA discusses strains on transport industry with shadow secretary

By: Deborah Bates
14 January 2011

In a recent meeting between the CEO of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), Theo de Pencier, and the shadow secretary of state for transport, Maria Eagle MP, discussions took place over the issues facing the transport industry in Britain.

Topics such as the importance of investment in infrastructure, how to reduce carbon emissions and the impact unsustainable increases to fuel duty will have on UK companies were raised by the FTA. According to de Pencier, the meeting went well and "Ms Eagle was evidently very well-briefed on FTA's objectives."

"Over the course of an hour or so we discussed some broad but extremely important issues, including the damage done to business by fuel duty hikes and the desperate need for investment in a transport system that is fit-for-purpose," claimed de Pencier in Fleet News.

Those involved in driving work will be pleased to hear de Pencier's comments, which continued: "To her credit, Ms Eagle is clearly very knowledgeable about the issues facing the industry, and was very keen for our input on all manner of subjects from lorry road user charging and carbon reduction, to the benefits of promoting night-time deliveries."

"Following this very productive and comprehensive meeting, we are confident that the best interests of the industry have been represented to all the key players from across the political spectrum. We certainly look forward to further discussions throughout 2011," de Pencier concluded, speaking of his many meetings with MPs across government.

Since the new government was created last year, meetings between the FTA and various transport ministers and the transport secretary have proved very positive, according to

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