UKTiE is a unique association representing Britain’s leading transport companies and organisations, across all the modes. It was launched 10 year ago to facilitate constructive engagement between UK transport representatives, the UK Government and the EU institutions. Despite, indeed because if Brexit, our mission remains the same.
We’re now recognised as the ‘go-to’ UK-EU transport organisation by Whitehall and Brussels and we work with our members to promote the best in UK transport, share best practice with our European partners and support the work of the EU institutions. The UK transport sector is highly competitive and world class in terms of technology, sustainability, safety and consumer choice, and we strive to make a success of our new UK-EU relationship.
Our latest exciting, ambitious and pro-active programme for the year ahead is still being finalised (we would welcome your input) and we are planning a number of key events, many of them member only:
· Reconvened UKTiE-UKMis Roundtable
· Working to promote UK leadership on decarbonisation in Brussels, in run up to COP26
· Researching best practice so we can become a ‘super effective third country’· Promoting a mutually beneficial EU-UK transport policy agenda· Meetings with forthcoming EU Presidencies
· Engaging with the European Commission
· Meeting with the European Parliament, including the new Joint EU-UK Committee· Delegation to/with Paris and Berlin to meet national policy and law makers
· Regular Board meetings, and briefings from UKMis and DfT
And the Annual Forum, which brings together UK and EU transport stakeholders, policy and law makers.
“UKTiE is essential in bringing together all the UK’s transportation modes to promote an impactful voice in the counsels of the EU on transport issues. At a time of Brexit uncertainty, it is more important than ever for UK transport to form new alliances and engage politicians and stakeholders in Brussels and Strasbourg, to both seek to influence and to understand developing policy in the EU.”
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, the UK Railway Industry Association
“We have worked with UKTIE for over 5 years. This is a testament to the high quality service the team provides from high level political intelligence to developing detailed engagement programme. Their work on understanding the current political risks and their experience of European institutions have been key developing a successful influencing strategy. It has also been a useful way to meet and engage with other UKTiE members, which has helped us to identify areas of common interest, and focus our combined energies on issues.”
Agnès Bonnet, Head of European Affairs, Office of Rail and Road
- UKTiE is a member-driven association, operating across all transport modes, that makes the most of its members’ expertise focusing on common interests and priorities. We advocate for a holistic approach to policymaking that ensures an integrated approach to all modes to guarantee better policy outcomes and a better service for consumers through improved mobility. Speaking with one voice for transport.
- UKTiE and its members are working to ensure a carbon neutral future by 2050 with significant progress made in the coming years, recognising that transport is now a significant source of CO2 in Europe and can make a significant difference to reducing carbon emissions globally.
Jobs, society & economy
- UKTiE believes the development of good quality, integrated, safe and sustainable transport is the key to building a successful economy, creating jobs, and developing strong communities. We believe that having a better transport network leads to having a better economy. Strong transport connectivity that links the UK to the EU is beneficial for both businesses and consumers.
International trade and influence
- We all play a part in ensuring that European industry remains competitive on the global market, through ensuring we are cost effective, efficient and focusing on meeting consumers’ needs. We also encourage fair competition within modes and between modes to improve efficiencies and customer services. When it comes to international trade, UKTiE wants to see reciprocity and mutual recognition, particularly with regard to standards and frictionless trade.
Legislative framework – stability and certainty
- UKTiE supports a light touch regulatory framework that offers industry predictability, stability, clarity and certainty – essential to creating the right climate for long-term investment. We think this is best achieved through prioritisation of policy objectives.
- UKTiE is working to ensure a transport sector fit for the 21st century, which requires us to become the architect of the digitalised environment with the consumer at its core. The digitalisation of the economy requires us to pursue new business models around IT, as well as increased innovation to digitalise the transport sector and keep it up to speed with a fast-changing economic environment.
- UKTiE promotes the role of an integrated transport system as a means to improve access, connecting people and places.
- The future relationship between the UK and our EU partners should be based on these principles and provide the long-term certainty that the transport sector needs. Our relationship needs to ensure the highest levels of connectivity, consumer choice and safety, and minimum levels of friction, cost and regulatory uncertainty.