FTA to represent logistics sector on Northern Ireland government forum
Tuesday 30 January 2018
The Freight Transport Association is to represent the logistics sector on a major new business forum set up by the Northern Ireland administration.
FTA has been invited to attend meetings at the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), alongside the DfI Permanent Secretary, Peter May. The association, which has more than 16,000 businesses in its membership, will use the opportunity to raise key issues for freight and logistics operators including the upkeep and development of the road network, professional driver licensing, vehicle standards and enforcement.
Northern Ireland’s power sharing government collapsed last year and the province is currently being administered by civil servants in Belfast. Mr May has written to FTA advising of his intention to set up a formal business forum made up of key industry representatives.
FTA Northern Ireland Policy Manager, Seamus Leheny says the invitation reinforces the importance of the logistics industry in securing the province’s future:
“As the only UK membership organisation representing the entire logistics sector, FTA is well placed to provide positive input on plans for Northern Ireland’s infrastructure. We appreciate this opportunity for regular meetings with civil servants and will be sharing the worries and aspirations of our members and raising key areas of concern.
“The freight industry is an essential part of Northern Ireland’s economy, transporting the goods that everybody needs, including food, medical supplies and building materials. Its continued smooth and streamlined operation will also play a vital role in ensuring successful trading relationships after Brexit. The opportunity to represent our member’s interests at the highest level of government is recognition of the role of logistics at the heart of the economy, and we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute.”
Initially, meetings of the business forum are expected to focus on the Northern Ireland budget consultation, along with issues such as the Programme for Government and Brexit. The first meeting is due to be held later this month (January).
FTA Press Office