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red tape cuts to assist transport and logistics

31 January 2014

The Government has announced further ‘red tape cuts’ which claim to save £54 million in transport related costs for motorists and businesses.

You might expect that the regulatory burden on logistics operators would have been reduced, but on further examination, the majority of the changes to bring about the headline figure simply reflect updates in technology which allow ‘paperwork’ (tax discs, paper driving licenses etc) to be dealt with online.

Whilst this no doubt will save the Government money in processing work, does it really indicate a significant move towards reducing the regulatory burden on the transport and logistics industry?

The announcement in December of a delay in the proposed increase in fuel duty for 2014 is likely to have had more of an impact.

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