22/08/2007 - AICES Welcomes Select Ctte Inquiry
AICES has welcomed the Transport Select Committee decision to examine the development of an integrated freight plan. The Committee has decided to focus on this aspect of transport policy in a forthcoming inquiry.
A spokesman for AICES, Mark O'Brien said, " We are delighted to be given the opportunity to submit evidence to the Committee on behalf of the express delivery sector. We play a crucial role in keeping the UK economy and public services moving efficiently and quickly."
The Transport Committee will examine how successfully the Department for Transport is fulfilling its responsibility to facilitate free movement of goods while limiting harmful impacts. It will also examine whether the Department’s responsibilities should be extended, to developing and implementing an integrated freight plan, for example. It would welcome submissions on the following points:
• Is the Department’s investment in logistics programmes—including the Sustainable Distribution Fund—good value for money and meeting the objectives?
• International distribution patterns involving air freight increase carbon dioxide by up to 30 times that of sea transport—what more can be done to promote modal shift from road and air freight to inland waterway, shipping and rail? How can the Government encourage and incentivise further efficiency improvements
• Air freight in the South-East is forecast to grow from 2.2 million tonnes a year in 2003 to 14 million tonnes by 2030. Has the Department adequately planned for the capacity and access implications of this very significant growth? How will transport networks need to adjust to serve the growing air freight market?
• Should the Department have more responsibility for planning and delivering integrated infrastructure which might promote ‘free movement of goods’? How is this to be balanced with the Department’s other commitments? What should be the priorities for the Transport Innovation Fund productivity stream?
• How successfully has the Government influenced European negotiations regarding freight operations? How could the Government help to ensure a level playing field between UK and overseas freight companies?
• How effective are the Freight Quality Partnerships in improving the local experience of freight and deliveries? Are the restrictions on night-time deliveries still appropriate? What impact would weakening the restrictions have on quality of life and other factors?