Private motorists and haulage companies have too often been the easy target for red tape, taxation and over regulation by both the European Commission and the previous Labour Government. Moving goods freely across the UK and Europe is paramount for our economy’s success, and Jacqueline firmly believes in the need to invest in good infrastructure and to fight against protectionist measures which could penalise British hauliers.
UPDATE: Summer 2018
Mobility Package: Europe on the Move
Much of the European Parliament's Transport Committee's work over the last few months has centred around the 'Mobility Package.' This initially focused on improving mobility in road transport and broadly has two elements: legislative files geared towards road charging and others towards market and social conditions for workers. A second package was aimed at de-carbonising road transport to deliver cleaner mobility. The final or 'Third Mobility Package' was announced by the European Commission in May 2018 and seeks to allow all residents in the European Union to benefit from:
- Clean Mobility
- Safe Mobility
- Connected and Automated Mobility
As these files have progressed within the Parliament, Jacqueline has adopted a balanced and pragmatic approach to the proposals as she is always mindful of the danger of placing too excessive an administrative or bureaucratic burden on industry through heavy-handed, even if well-meaning, legislation. As always, Jacqueline has been keen to remind her colleagues of the need to respect the principle of 'subsidiarity' or appropriate action being taken at a Member State level if at all possible.
You can read more detail about the latest 'Mobility Package' developments by clicking here.
PAST CAMPAIGN SUCCESSES:
Roadworthiness – vehicle testing and lorry inspections
This was a prime example of where the UK won the argument on plans to standardise testing and inspections across Europe. As the lead British Conservative MEP on the issue, Jacqueline was successful in preventing any change to our effective MOT system and any moves to take thousands of classic cars, caravans and tractors off our roads. It was down to her continuous battling that all major concerns were resolved, obtaining the best outcome for UK road users and businesses.
Conservatives fought off the introduction of so-called 60-ton ‘Megatrucks’ on British Roads. Jacqueline was also successful in securing safeguards allowing higher trucks used between the UK and the Republic of Ireland to continue to move without hindrance, and in shaping safer rules on lorry design which will offer more protection to pedestrians and cyclists.