Road transportation in Spain is on the right track, at least activity wise. During the second quarter of 2015 there has been a 4% increase in road transportation. In addition to this, by September of this year, when the new minimal annual fee for petrol was implemented, the number of businesses dedicated to this sort of transport grew by 1.4%.
The Treasury Department, supported by a large part of the transportation sector, suggested elevating the limit that allows carriers to invoke the system . Nevertheless, not all is good news, since freight transport on Spanish roads is still facing many problems.
Spain’s biggest cities and metropolitan areas encounter most of the difficulties regarding coordination, accessibility, and effective functioning of freight transportation. Gridlock on the roads is a great danger that threatens the quality of road transportation services.
In addition, the existing breach between available technology and its inclusion in transport operations is still very large. The shortcomings in business strategies and staff training impede these technological advances becoming added value for both freight transportation businesses and their clients.
Transport optimization systems such as GoalDriver® offer effective driver management as well as other professions which will in turn improve business productivity. The companies who use this technology will observe substantial progress in their ability to face problems and improve service quality.
Beyond the general problems that Spain faces in road transportation, in the last few months more have appeared and need to be targeted. Consequently, last September, the Spanish Ministry of Public Works canceled the meeting to discuss voluntary redirection to tolled motorways of heavy-duty vehicles without reason. To this cancelation, truck drivers answered by saying it was “impolite, inconsiderate and unjustified”.
There have also been some regional propositions such as the one made in Catalonia to prohibit trucks circulating on the N-340 road. A counter offer with a series of measures to reduce the accident rate on this road was proposed by the industry’s workers.
The sector dealing with refrigerated transport has also been affected by these sanctions. The CNMC (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia – National Committee for Sales and Jurisdiction) has taxed twelve businesses in the sector and the ATFRIE (Asociación Española de Empresarios de Transportes Bajo Temperatura Dirigida – Spanish Society for Refrigerated Transportation Employers) with 8, 85 million euros.
These are just some of the examples of the problems that road transportation faces in Spain. The impetus is now, for the sector to work towards achieving and securing the growth of an industry that is in continual evolution and cannot do without incorporating new technological advances in their processes.