The ROLA as a matter of responsibility

22. 10. 2019

Even if fuel, operating kilometres and toll costs are saved for each ROLA trip, weekend and night driving bans are bypassed and waiting time because of traffic jams are avoided, a ROLA trip is not always - especially for short distances - a gain of time.

But it is a matter of responsibility. The responsibility towards the drivers, the neighbours and the environment. This is what international freight forwarders see as well, as they told us in an interview.

It is precisely because we, as the Austrian transport sector, have the responsibility to relieve the burden on the population suffering from noise and exhaust pollution along the major transit routes through Austria - above all the Tyrolean Brenner route - that it is our task to transport more goods by rail.

Although this is not just a challenge limited to Austria. The interviewees can understand and comprehend the displeasure of those living near transit routes, but people in Germany and Italy are also affected by transit traffic.

It is therefore not only the task of a single country, a region or a section of a route to shift freight transport from road to rail – it is also a European task and the EU's goal.

This is underlined by the Rail Freight Forward coalition, in which RCG has also a leading role.

Shifting transport from road to rail is simply an environmental and social necessity. After all, the transport sector is responsible for about one third of the EU's total CO2 emissions. It is about our climate, about a healthy, intact environment. And because the freighters surveyed are not indifferent, many have been relying on ROLA as the best alternative to road transport for 15 years or even 27 years. And thus on the simplest solution to stop the strongly growing transit of heavy goods vehicles by truck and to shift freight traffic to rail.