Minister for Transport, Keith Brown MSP, has said that he recognises and values freight transport as a key enabler for enhancing productivity and delivering sustainable growth.
Speaking at the FTA Transport Manager Conference in Dunblane on Wednesday (October 29), Brown said he recognised the commercial nature of most freight transport operations.
He told delegates: “I want to talk about how we work in partnership with the FTA and others to ensure Scotland and our freight sector is ready and able to not only meet, but benefit from whatever challenges and changes arise.”
He also said that Scotland could not provide a supportive business environment without an efficient, effective and modern transport infrastructure.
Delegates attending the FTA event also heard first hand from other speakers including the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, Joan Aitken, on the latest compliance developments, legislation and future priorities that will impact of the freight industry.
Margaret Simpson, FTA country manager for Scotland, said: “FTA was delighted to see so many of our Scottish members taking the opportunity to hear first-hand from the Transport Minister, Keith Brown, and the Traffic commissioner Joan Aitken.
“We look forward to working closely with each of their departments to ensure our members views and requirements are represented at all levels and stages where we can help the industry.
“We were also very encouraged by the emphasis that the Minister gave on continued investment in the transport infrastructure.”