A STRUGGLING SECTOR: FROM FIUGGI AGREEMENT THE PROPOSALS FOR A RE-LAUNCH
Squinzi: important compatibility with earlier suggestions by Confindustria
With road transport facing a strong internal debate with institutions, the so-called Fiuggi Agreement, ie a document drawn up jointly by nine road associations (Anita, Confartigianato Trasporti, Confcooperative, Fai, Fedit, Fiap, Legacoop, Sna Casartigiani, Unitai) promises to identify possible solutions to the current difficulties in the sector.
A new way of dealing with problems, so new that is already having an effect, and, even before considering the contents of this Agreement, it is interesting to note that the debate organized in Fiuggi on October 17,18 is favoring an ever closer exchange within the frontline of the associations that are recognized by Unatras and Anita. A new approach that could bring benefits also in negotiations with the government. Here are the key points of the agreement.
Access to profession and market: the professional liability insurance policy to demonstrate financial eligibility is valid only for the first two years of operation. From the third year, an adequate financial standing must be shown only through budget / business accounts or bank guarantee.
Central Committee Register : the Central Committee must be able to delete from the Register businesses that are not in order. Within 6 months, the cross checking of (INPS, Inail) database should be completed, and simultaneously the obstacles that prevent the cancellation of companies without vehicles should be removed. The Register must become a control body checking on the regularity of companies to be registered in the REN (National Electronic Register) and called upon to promote forms of certification of reliability for registered enterprises with rewarding systems. It must also promote the image of the category through data collected in the field, relating to security, increased environmental protection, and direct training offered to businesses and monitoring bodies.
Union Policies: cabotage, the liberalization of which is unavoidable, must be governed in a context of greater harmony among EU rules. For this purpose illegal cabotage must be fought involving the clients, tightening sanctions, improving roadside checks through the proper training of law enforcement officers and, finally, drivers working on international routes must be guaranteed by the recognition of a minimum wage.
Service chain: starting from the customer or a trader carrying out integrated warehousing services, the handling and / or processing of goods that involves breaking bulk, must be performed in two steps at the most. Notwithstanding this principle, in the event of subsequent steps, the services rendered must be paid at the same carriage charge received by the second, verifiable with the obligation to show the invoice if requested.
Simplification: in view of a general simplification, some transport data must be immediately eliminated. On driving bans a revision for the calendar year 2015 is necessary, and the Fiuggi Agreement moved the level of the debate between the world of transport and the clients to a higher level, based on a service chain confederation and collaboration between client and transport, in the pursuit of objectives of common interest.
"A transition - as emphasized by Silvio Faggi, vice chairman of the Road Haulage Central Committee - in some ways historic, one which not all interested parties, whether transporters or clients, will be ready to accept, but that could represent the key to overcome the increasing difficulties affecting the world of road transport. "
However, laying the foundation to create a virtuous transport system, also poses another problem, the need of giving the clients adequate tools to identify virtuous transport operators and ensuring that they are actually reliable and capable of operating in full compliance with the law.
And it is with a view to enhanced protection, that we should read the draft "Certification of reliability of trucking companies" made by the Vice Chairman of the Road Haulage Central Committee, Silvio Faggi, who as amply illustrated during the conference, aims to give, after a rigorous analysis on the field, a quality mark for companies in possession of specific requirements of excellence and reliability.
In this project, the Road Haulage Central Committee clearly plays a fundamental role, as a non-partisan body, and will have, on the one hand, a difficult inspection role, having to verify and control the creation of a certified system of companies holding the necessary requirements, and on the other, the strategic task of endorser, with the aim of helping businesses.
"The Fiuggi Agreement can be the basis of a peaceful debate, leading to a profitable reform of the whole sector." This was underlined by the president of Confindustria, Giorgio Squinzi, speaking at the seventieth anniversary of Anita.
With regard to the agreement signed in October, Squinzi explained that the document "contains positive indications, respecting which we must record an important consonance with earlier suggestions made by Confindustria."
The president of Confindustria then highlighted that the association "gives its total availability to work with all the representatives involved and with the government for the development of a common reform draft. The hope is that those who have not joined the Fiuggi Agreement, will at least share its spirit. "He further added that "a real industrial policy for the road transport sector is needed. The government should work on achieving general consent, and not on exclusion, to achieve a real reform project, further involving the Federal Transport Authority for concrete help against the risk of anti-competitive measures. "
On the occasion of Anita’s 70th anniversary, the conference "The transport of goods yesterday, today and.... tomorrow?" was held, during which the prospects of a strategic sector for the entire country’s economy were analyzed. The conference was attended by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Maurizio Lupi, the aforementioned Squinzi, the president of Anita Thomas Baumgartner, the Authority for Transport Andrea Camanzi, the CEO of the State Railways Michele Mario Elia, the central director of the State Police Roberto Sgalla, the chairman of Confitarma short sea shipping Roberto Martinoli and economist Alessandra Lanza.
"We need to pay more than the usual attention to the sector - said Baumgartner - removing traps and snares in order to increase the productivity of trucking companies." The President of Anita outlined the sector’s main problems, in relation to past and future, with the support of statistics, emphasizing the priority needs for the sector and the demands by the road transport sector to both institutions and clientele.
The Minister of Infrastructure and transport Lupi restated the need and the importance of dialogue between operators in all modes of transport and the need to have uniformed operating conditions at European level to boost the competitiveness of Italian companies. Camanzi focused on the role of the Authority in the context of intermodal rail-road transport, while Elia explained the role of the railway in the intermodal environment and the prospects of European liberalization. Sgalla outlined some recent road accidents statistics, which show that road transport is not the main cause of road accidents. Martinoli spoke on the role of the motorways of the sea, short sea shipping, and of Italy as a logistics platform in the Mediterranean. Finally, Lanza illustrated the Italian and European social and economical scenario, present and future, particularly on the influence it has and will have on the sectors of transport and logistics.
The“Sblocca Italia”Decree Law now approved:new measures for road transport
The Senate converted into Law the Decree Law n. 133 dated September 12, 2014, known as “ Sblocca Italia”. The decree contains important news on road transport.
The measures approved are the following:
First the suppression of illegal cabotage involving the inversion of the onus of proof on the driver of the vehicle with foreign number plate. Therefore the foreign driver is responsible to prove or justify the discrepancy between the tachograph’s records and the mandatory transport documents on board.
Fixed fruition through tax credits, investment grants and training incentives for the year 2014: requiring investment grants and training incentives for 2014 becomes possible through tax credit, to be compensated through offsets on Tax Form F24.
The Central Registration Committee has the responsibility to decide on appeals against decisions by the DVLA on registrations, suspensions, cancellations and radiations of transport companies from the Register and/or disciplinary sanctions. The appeal does not suspend the effectiveness of the action, while the decision of the Committee will be final, although it will be communicated to the competent authority for execution.
Traceability of financial flows, with a ban on cash payment: this provision requires that all transport and logistics operators use traceable instruments of payment (ATMs, credit cards, cheques, bank or postal transfers).
Reputation and integrity of the transport sector, which is somewhat dampened by an anti-mafia informative: the provision completes the requirements to demonstrate the integrity of a trucking company. Practically, companies affected by anti-mafia interdictions following art. 91of the Anti-Mafia Laws and measures of prevention, according to the Law Decree n. 159/2011 are not to be considered of good repute and therefore cannot be enrolled on the National Register and, if they are already registered, will no longer retain the requirements to remain in it.