European associations highlight crucial role of transport sector

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Transport sector associations have urged for more support and recognition of their work from the European Commission and Member States as they highlight the vital work being played by the sector in overcoming the coronavirus crisis.

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Signatories have called on Member States to coordinate their response to the pandemic and to follow guidelines on border management

In a joint statement, more than 30 associations representing everything from transport and infrastructure managers, to workers in all transport modes and logistics, urged for action in a number of areas.

This includes calling on the Member States to enable smooth border crossings for freight transport, both intra-EU and with third countries.

Signatories, which include CLECAT, FTA and UETR, also urged Members States to coordinate their response to the Covid-19 pandemic and to follow the European Commission’s guidelines on border management.

They also highlighted the importance of protecting the health and safety of transport workers, notably through personal protective equipment, as well as access to clean and disinfected sanitary facilities, food and drinks.

Signatories have also highlighted that the transport and logistics sectors are based on a physical work force and called on the European Commission and the Member States to facilitate its mobility, including repatriation of the transport work force.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.