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VeTrOn, the trade association for professional goods transport in the Netherlands, has joined the chorus of voices against changes to the EU Mobility Package.

Last month, the European Union said it would enter discussions with member states, the EU Parliament and “all concerned parties” after studies showed its latest road transport Mobility Package is likely to increase CO2 emissions.

However, the announcement immediately sparked anger among transport associations in some countries. One of those quick to argue against changes was Denmark’s DTL, who said  it was “scandalous” that the Mobility Package could be looked at again.

On the other hand, the likes of Belgium and Malta are unhappy with the latest version of the Mobility Package.

In the Netherlands, the VeTrOn transport association has firmly put itself in the camp supporting the Mobility Package. In a statement published on its website yesterday, the organisation made it clear that it is against changes:

If the return obligation is to be reversed, it will be a very bad thing for Dutch professional drivers because Eastern European drivers are still underpaid by large transport companies. This distorts competition and the Dutch inspection services can do nothing about it. It is important for the large transport companies that the Mobility package is reversed, as it will keep wage costs very low. As an association, we will always urge the Dutch and European Governments to allow the mobility package to take effect in 2022, and it will not be so bad that the transport sector breaks down.

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