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Hauliers need support from government to go green

By: Deborah Bates
01 March 2011

Hauliers need support from the government to go green, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Speaking to Choice Quote, the chief economist of the FTA, Simon Chapman, said firms such as a transport or logistics consultancy needed to have some incentive in order to overhaul their processes and become more environmentally efficient.

Although green logistic initiatives are relatively "inexpensive," according to the FTA, companies needed something extra to encourage them to make the switch; as well as a structured infrastructure to help support them through the process.

"Trucks are an anywhere, anytime service and depend upon a comprehensive refuelling infrastructure on the road network," Chapman advised. It is thought his comments will be included in an official submission from the FTA to the government, which will also tackle the recent rise in fuel duty.

It is not the first time Chapman has spoken out about the issues facing the industry, telling Fleet News what he believed the government should do in reference to fuel duty.

"The Budget needs to prioritise measures which create an economically sustainable environment in which businesses have confidence in the future," he said.

"The rise in fuel duty hike is simply a revenue raising ruse. It offers no benefit to the economy, serving only to push up costs and inflation and erode competitiveness."


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