Transport industry associations across Europe have come together to endorse a series of pledges reinforcing the vital roles being played by transport in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
The associations have pointed out that essential key goods (including medicines, medical devices and food) being used to overcome the crisis are being moved out of warehouses into hospitals and shops thanks to the transport sector.
The associations represent not just those working in the trucking industry, but in all transport sectors – maritime, rail, aviation, inland waterway, port and cycling – as well as supporting industries and companies.
Each one has put its weight behind key statements that highlight the value of transport to the EU’s decision makers. Those statements include:
- Highlight the key role transport and logistics are playing for the supply of essential goods in this critical period and stress that transport infrastructure is in this respect critical infrastructure.
- Show their respect and support to all workers in the supply chain who are enabling the continuity of transport services, the movement of goods and essential commodities, as well as the repatriation of stranded citizens, and thus playing a major role in helping European citizens overcome this crisis.
- Call on EU member states to enable smooth border crossings for freight transport, both intra-EU and with third countries, in this respect fully support the establishment of green freight lanes in coordination with the concerned transport stakeholders.
- Support the measures and actions taken at EU-level and by national governments to contain the spread of Covid-19 and call on the member states to coordinate their response to Covid-19 and to follow the European Commission’s guidelines on border management.
- Reiterate 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.
- Highlight that the transport and logistics sectors are based on a physical work force and call on the European Commission and the member states to facilitate its mobility, including repatriation of the transport workforce.
- Urge the policy makers to assist the heavily affected transport sector in its recovery, to ensure future connectivity for both passengers and freight, and to revitalise the arteries of the internal market as soon as the crisis is over.