Freight News, Logistics, Road

Coercion will not get freight off the roads, says IRU

[ November 13, 2017   //   ]

Policies that try to force freight off roads onto other modes of transport will not work, warns the International Road Transport Union (IRU) in its response to the European Commission’s ‘Clean Mobility’ package. Marc Billiet, who leads IRU’s activities on goods transport in the EU, said it should instead concentrate on improving efficiency and capacity of the multimodal freight transport and logistics network, adding: “We haven’t seen any significant modal shift results over the last 25 years and this proposal will not change anything.” IRU suggests that it would be better to incentivise the use of European Modular Concept vehicles in combined transport in order to reduce the number of trucks needed in combination with other modes of transport.