Report: Fit for 55 means an increase in costs and a decrease in efficiency in the transport sector

The imposed guidelines of the Fit for 55 package will reduce the efficiency of the transport sector and generate cost increases, according to the report “Road transport in Poland 2023”.

The regulations surrounding the Fit for 55 package enforce a gradual transition from road transport to electromobility and alternative fuels. In the coming years, the energy transformation will be a major challenge for the TSL (transport, forwarding, logistics) industry, especially for micro and small transport companies, according to the report “Road transport in Poland 2023”. These forced changes, as industry representatives point out, will reduce the efficiency of the transport work and lead to higher costs. This will particularly affect micro and small enterprises, which account for 90% of the total. of all transport companies in Poland.

Road transport is the strength of the Polish economy

The report shows that road transport is the fastest growing sector of the Polish economy. Revenue from the TSL market in 2022 was PLN 375 billion, and revenue from road transport alone reached PLN 190 billion. The TSL sector is responsible for 7 percent. GDP and 6.5 percent. employment in Poland, which increased from 270 to 500 thousand in the years 2010-2022. people.

In 2022, the export of transport services will account for 30 percent. total exports of services. Polish guides operate on the main EU routes. 40 percent of Polish companies’ transports are related to the German market.

In Poland, there are 127,000 companies engaged in the road transport of goods and services related to transport. 102,000 people only deal with transport. companies, including 115 large companies employing more than 250 people.

As Maciej Wroński, president of the employers’ organization Transport i Logistyka Polska (TPL), points out, creating one job in road transport is 500,000. zloty. – these are the costs of a truck tractor. That is why large companies are more efficient with resources – their efficiency compared to small companies is 200 percent, they have more financial capacity, it is easier for them to get a credit line to change the structure of the fleet.

Fit for 55 will hit micro and small businesses the hardest

In his opinion the regulations related to the mobility package imposed by the EU climate policy will gradually reduce the efficiency of transport labor and cause an increase in costs. This will particularly affect micro and small enterprises, which account for 90% of the total. of all transport companies in Poland.

“50 percent of road transport companies are sole proprietorships, another 40 percent are micro-enterprises with up to 9 employees – these companies already have credit limit problems and, in my opinion, cannot switch to electric equipment. In addition, there must be a charging infrastructure and secondly, the willingness of customers to pay for electromobility, because the end customer pays everything anyway,” adds Wroński.

The rules announced as part of the Fit for 55 package concern the cessation of sales of combustion vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes by 2035, and may also cover truck fleets in the future.

The report “Road Transport in Poland 2023”, presented on June 27, 2023 at a press conference at the PAP Press Center, was developed by the SpotData Analysis Center, on behalf of the Transport and Logistics Poland Employers Union. It is based on analyzes of public statistics from Poland and Europe, financial reports from 120 largest domestic companies and own research on a sample of 100 companies. The partner of the publication is Shell Polska.

Source: Do Rzeczy

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