Better Recognition For Transport And Understanding Of Its Demands Are Needed By Next Government

Whoever forms the next government after the general election needs to make the role of transport minister a key position within the cabinet and needs to understand the sector.

Talking to sister-title Motor Transport, the chief executive of the Malcolm Group Andrew Malcolm MBE said: “Firstly we need to get the transport minister’s role seen as a key cabinet role and not just a stepping stone to a greater position.

“We need a minister for logistics. We have zero consistency with ministers, and they have no understanding of our markets.

“Politicians make it harder for the logistics sector to remain financially viable as they over-regulate us. Longer semi-trailers [legislation] is one example. The pace of cost effective and resilient options on decarbonisation is challenging to say the least, as are the options of disposing of second-hand trucks.”

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