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MP calls for logistics and road transport sector to step forward

By: William Hobson
09 December 2010

A Conservative MP has called for associations representing commercial driving work in the UK to step forward and contribute to the cross-party Transport Committee.

As reported by Road Transport, Steve Baker, the Conservative MP for Wycombe, is one of the five Tory MPs on the 11-member Transport Committee. In an interview with Commercial Motor, Mr Baker called on the road transport industry to submit its opinions, views and questions for each committee meeting via trade associations and websites, so that logistics work is at the forefront of any discussion on transport infrastructure and policy.

"Without wishing to receive a tonne of correspondence from every logistics company, I would be happy if the [industry] press and the various associations let me know their views ahead of relevant committee meetings," he said.

Mr Baker says that road transport is the "free market choice" and suggests that its accessibility plays a vital role in sustaining start-ups and business franchise opportunities in the UK, as well offering efficiency and choice to larger concerns.

"People want to use the roads for freight and for passenger transport," he said, "and we want to get the economics of that right."

The Freight Transport Association's public affairs manager, Mike Webb, said the group welcomed Mr Baker's invitation. Mr Webb says the FTA will be meeting Mr Baker in January to discuss "four issues that we wish to see the committee address."

"The impact of government aviation policy, channel tunnel freight movements, safer truck provision and the management structure of the DfT and its executive agencies - we will be feeding that in," he told Road Transport.

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