COVID-19 viruso keliami iššūkiai per trumpą laiką veiksmingai įgyvendins bet kokius naujus teisės aktus, sako logistikos sektoriui atstovaujanti verslo grupė FTA. Dėl to pramonė kreipiasi į vyriausybę skubiai prašydama pratęsti dabartinį pereinamąjį laikotarpį paliekant Europos Sąjungą, taip pat sustabdyti kitų planuojamų vidaus teisės aktų, turinčių įtakos logistikos sektoriui, galiojimą.
“This is not about the relative merits of Brexit, or any trading arrangements which our industry will need to adopt,” explains Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director at FTA. “This is purely and simply so the businesses tasked with keeping the UK’s supply chain intact can concentrate on the serious issues which the COVID-19 pandemic is placing on the industry.
„Logistika susiduria su precedento neturinčiais iššūkiais tiek dėl JK ekonomikos aprūpinimo visomis prekėmis, kurioms ji reikalinga, tiek dėl didėjančio personalo sutrikimo, kurį sukelia ligos ir savęs izoliacija, ir susirūpinimo dėl jų gyvybingumo. verslai. Mūsų pagrindinis prioritetas visada yra tiekimas savo klientams, o tiesiog nėra pakankamai pajėgumų suplanuoti svarbiausius struktūrinius pokyčius, reikalingus sėkmingam išvykimui iš ES, taip pat daugybę kitų planuojamų teisės aktų pakeitimų horizonte, nes taip pat kovoti su precedento neturinčiu spaudimu, kurį sukelia COVID-19.
Be prašymo pratęsti „Brexit“ pereinamąjį laikotarpį, FTA is also asking ministers to consider suspending the implementation of other legislation which will affect logistics operators in the short term. This includes the expansion of the London-wide Low Emission Zone for HGVs and the London Direct Vision Standard due to take effect from October this year, as well as the start of other Clean Air Zones around the country, in areas including Birmingham and Leeds.
“All this new legislation, and new trading arrangements, need careful planning and implementation in normal circumstances. But it is clear they would bring major change to our sector at a time when we are fully committed to overcoming the challenges which COVID-19 presents,” continues Ms de Jong. “In addition to the administrative, practical and financial difficulties experienced by our sector, the pandemic will undoubtedly have a significant impact on supplies of new equipment, technology and vehicles in the coming months, as well as the industry’s ability to recruit and train new staff. Add in the challenge of adapting to new trading arrangements with the EU – which are yet to be formalized – and the situation is placing logistics under huge and unnecessary pressures.
“Logistics is a flexible industry, but such significant change cannot happen overnight, and there is simply not the capacity for planning and delivery of new legislation at present within the system. COVID-19 has created a once-in-a-lifetime emergency situation which needs the full attention of the whole sector – adding in a host of new legislation would place untold, unnecessary pressure on a supply chain that is already stretched. Our industry needs the support of government, not to be broken by it.”
Efficient logistics is vital to keep the UK trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. FTA is one of the biggest business groups in the UK, supporting, shaping and standing up for safe and efficient logistics. We are the only business group in the UK that represents all of logistics, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.