Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen: Cutting back on road freight transport

One of the aims of the 40 million euro incentive that Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure and Water Management) has allocated to the freight transport sector is to foster a so-called modal shift. Rather than by road, the Minister intends for the sector to transport more goods by water, rail, and pipelines. This is stipulated in the Freight Transport Agenda that she submitted to the House of Representatives today.

The Freight Transport Agenda comprises agreements regarding more efficient and cleaner freight transport, which the Minister has set down with the Logistics and Logistics Alliance Top Sector. In addition to a shift from road to water and rail, the Agenda also pursues digitalisation in order to boost the efficiency of transport movements.

Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen: β€˜The future growth of freight transport goes hand in hand with improving the accessibility of the Netherlands. Transporting more containers and bulk goods by inland vessels and freight trains will generate more room on our roads. An average inland vessel can take up to 150 trucks off the road. Furthermore, the transport sector is fully committed to the digitalisation of transport movements, with a view to smarter scheduling of runs at times when there is less traffic on the road.’

More efficient and digital

Freight transports must be on time and predictable, even in the event of disruptions. This can only be achieved by making optimum use of various modes of transport, such as inland shipping, railways, and pipelines. This modal shift is fostered by the introduction of freight corridors. Within such corridors, several transport flows can be interlinked efficiently, cargo can be combined, and capacity can be utilised more efficiently. Another goal set out in the Freight Transport Agenda is the further digitalisation of transport. For example, data exchange between traffic management systems and vehicles within freight corridors will enable optimum use of the available means of transport, whilst information on, e.g., environmental zones and delivery windows will enable drivers to schedule their runs more accurately.

Cleaner

With the Freight Transport Agenda, Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen is also targeting cleaner freight traffic. Optimum use of the available modes of transport and the exchange of digital information will prevent, e.g., empty or partially loaded running of trucks and ships returning to port empty. The introduction of zero emission zones for delivery vans and trucks, and of the sustainability label for inland vessels – an agreement set down under the Inland Shipping Green Deal – will also boost cleaner freight transport.

The Freight Transport Agenda comprises agreements regarding more efficient and cleaner freight transport, which the Minister has set down with the Logistics and Logistics Alliance Top Sector. In addition to a shift from road to water and rail, the Agenda also pursues digitalisation in order to boost the efficiency of transport movements.