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BTJ 3-4/17 - Focus: European rail & road developments

Publication date: 2017-08-28

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BTJ 3-4/17 - Focus: European rail & road developments

The 2006 Eurovignette Directive was created as one of the European Union's main instruments to... 

… make sure Member States implement the "polluter pays" and "user pays" principles in their transport taxes and charges in order to better reflect the impact of road usage on society.

The legislation enabled time-based road charging, known as vignettes, for heavy goods vehicles (HGV).

However, over time it became obvious that it had proven insufficient; therefore, a revision was needed.

A "toll" order. Reforming the Eurovignette, by Katarzyna Chmielewska

The 3-4/2017 issue of Baltic Transport Journal in the Focus section features also:

  • Crime: avoid being a statistic. Road cargo theft and how to prevent it, by Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director, TT Club

Cargo theft remains a constant threat to the global supply chain and a continuing drain on the economies they serve. Here, we're highlighting some of the challenges facing transport operators - particularly those engaged in road services - in securing their freight, as well as suggesting actions to foil the thieves.

  • Similar but not the same. What will the truck of the future look like?, by Maciej Kniter

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the Transport & Mobility Leuven (TML) have written a paper that tries to answer the question of what road freight traffic - specifically, commercial vehicles - will look in 2050. While at fist glance a lot will stay the same, several key details will undergo profound transformations.

  • Future Europe-Asia trains. The automated high-speed NGT CARGo train concept, by Dr. Joachim Winter, Mathias Böhm, and Gregor Malzacher, German Aerospace Center, Institute of Vehicle Concepts

Since 1990, economic reasons have shifted the bulk of consumer goods production, like manufacturing of electronics or clothing, from Europe to Asia, and particularly to Chinese factories. The overwhelming majority of this trade lane is served by ever-growing ocean container carriers, supported by air freight for extremely valuable and/or time-sensitive cargo. However, rail services along the New Silk Road are increasingly becoming a serious logistics alternative to these two. Turning innovative solutions, such as high-speed automated trains, into reality will further add to their attractiveness.

  • Reducing rail freight noise in Europe. The sector's commitment towards quieter rail freight, by Libor Lochman (Executive Director), and Ethem Pekin (Senior Environmental Economist - Sustainability Affairs), Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)

Compared to other modes of transport, railways have an almost negligible impact on climate and the environment. The main remaining environmental challenge for the European rail sector is noise. It is a side effect of all major modes of transport and one of the key concerns for people living near transport infrastructure. The rail sector has therefore identified the reduction of rail freight noise as a key objective. This is an issue of high political sensitivity, particularly in the more densely populated regions of Europe, but the sector recognises the importance of providing protection against noise to all citizens of the European Union on an equal basis.

  • Rejuvenating Europe's rail freight sector. Real-time cargo monitoring, predictive maintenance, and intelligent lightweight wagons, by Franco Castagnetti

The lack of awareness about the customers' needs - particularly those related to longer, more sophisticated, and complex supply chains - is one of the major points of discussion around the rail system's inability to respond to evolving market challenges. The ambition to increase rail's share with the use of the TEN-T is very likely to remain wishful thinking, unless a true paradigm shift occurs in the minds of major rail operators that would lead them to fially focus their attention on innovating both technology and marketing in order to meet the rapidly changing demands of the European service-driven economy.

  • Within range. The latest international developments made by CTL Logistics Group, by Dominik Zagórski

CTL Logistics Group specialises, among many other things, in cross-border rail traffic. Thanks to its multisystem locomotives, which cut the necessity of making stopovers when passing from one country to another, international carriages can be carried out as smoothly as possible. This is further enhanced by the company's unique operational model which makes it possible to track shipments across their entire journey. Thanks to ongoing improvements to its services, the Group can extend both the scale and reach of its activities.

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