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Leipzig, May 29, 2015 IRU voices coach access concerns at ITF World Summit
  The IRU, at a panel discussion organised by POLIS on “Planning Access for Coach Transport in Europe” at the International Transport Forum (ITF) World Summit, laid out the problems confronting European coach operators in many European cities. The IRU’s Vice President and President of the Passenger Transport Council, Yves Mannaerts, focused on difficulties faced in accessing the passenger terminals of other modes and the restrictions imposed, especially in tourist destinations and the cities themselves.
 
At the discussion with EU representatives, the IRU also outlined the work being done to address these issues, such as the legal complaint submitted against Italian city authorities by the IRU, together with its Italian Member ANAV, and shared best practices. Prioritising collective passenger transport should be the focus of any urban mobility plan, with a strong commitment to meet the Smart Move campaign's goal and European Citizens Mobility Forum objective of doubling the use of buses and coaches.
 
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Brussels, May 28, 2015 IRU Projects to help improve animal transport conditions
  IRU Projects embarks on new joint project with 15 partners to develop guidelines ensuring well-being of different animal species during transport.

Brussels, May 27, 2015 Global Taxi Network continues expansion in Canada and Ireland
   The IRU’s Global Taxi Network (GTN) continues its successful global expansion with founding partner, eCab, and now covers additional cities in Canada and Ireland. Customers in Ottawa and Montreal in Canada and Dublin, Ireland can now order high-quality, safe, secure and legal taxi services from their smartphones.

The Global Taxi Network promotes legal, reliable, high-quality and safe services to taxi customers by making use of the latest smartphone technology. Coventry Connections, a company managing a fleet of over 1,600 taxis in the province of Ontario, and Taxi Diamond from Montreal are the newest additions to eCab from Canada. eCab also recently welcomed Xpert Taxis into its global fleet, and two additional Dublin partners, VIP Taxis and National Radio Cabs, will be getting on board in the near future.

Last but not least, eCab is a prominent partner of the French Open tennis tournament, Roland Garros and is offering a chance to win VIP tickets and other prizes.

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Xi’an, May 27, 2015 IRU addresses Customs Heads "One Belt One Road Forum" in China
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  IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, today addressed Heads of Customs and other high level representatives from some 60 countries and intergovernmental organisations, including China's Vice Premier, Mr Wang Yang, UNECE Executive Secretary, Christian Friis Bach, and WCO Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya, attending the Forum organised by the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GAC) on "Connectivity and Win-Win Development along the Belt and Road". 

The IRU highlighted the trade facilitation and security benefits the TIR System will bring to all TIR countries trading with China, as well as those who will be prompted to join the System, in light of China's imminent accession to the TIR Convention. It was also stressed that TIR will be a key enabler for achieving the Chinese government's "One Belt, One Road" trade and economic development initiative.

Chongqing, May 27, 2015 IRU highlights TIR benefits and new services at ASEM
  IRU General Delegate to Eurasia, Dmitry Cheltsov, addressed the Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) in China to showcase the role of international conventions in facilitating trade and transport, and in particular the TIR Convention, to ensure sustainable transport connectivity. Mr Cheltsov explained the advantages of the TIR Convention for intermodal transport, and presented new innovative TIR products, such as iCarnet, TIR+ and the eTIR Pilot, that will open the way to a whole new range of solutions for simple, secure, door-to-door transport by road, sea and rail.


Geneva, May 27, 2015 Give Us A Hand to improve road safety
  IRU and Volvo join forces to launch a children’s road safety initiative – Give Us A Hand – to encourage them to STOP, LOOK, WAVE to reduce accidents with commercial vehicles.

Dead Sea, May 22, 2015 IRU and AULT sign LoI with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on Cooperation for Development and Management of a Road Transport Professional Training System in Jordan
IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, today signed a trilateral Letter of Intent (LoI) with H.E. Dr. Lina Shbeeb, Minister of Transport of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Dead Sea, Amman in witness of H.E. Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Dr. Abdullah Ensour. The signing ceremony took place on the occasion of the World Economic Forum's Middle East and North Africa (MENA) meeting, which was organised with the full support and presence of Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah, convening 800 key leaders from government, business and civil society.

The Trilateral LoI between IRU, the Ministry of Transport and the Arab Union of Land Transport (AULT) represents joint public-private commitment and common vision of all parties on national, regional and international levels in order to develop and manage a road transport professional training system with pan-Arab perspectives based upon a national legislative framework for consistent ''access to profession'' rules as well as qualification (examination) standards for road transport managers and drivers under the authority of the Ministry of Transport of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. IRU and AULT have the vision that this partnership with the government of Jordan will be an exemplary one, which can be rolled on to 21 other member countries of the League of Arab States (LAS), gradually.
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From left to right: H.E. Dr Lina Shbeeb, Minister of Transport of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, H.E. Dr Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General

Geneva, May 21, 2015 IRU Academy network welcomes the Automobile Association of Singapore
The IRU Academy is pleased to announce the accreditation of the Automobile Association of Singapore (AAS) in the IRU Academy Crash Prevention Programme. This innovative programme will help to significantly improve road safety by specifically addressing the main causes of commercial vehicle accidents. This accreditation will enable AAS to improve transport quality, therefore contributing to the economy and society as a whole.

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Chay Sim Tay, AAS Technical Services Manager and Patrick Philipp, Head IRU Academy (right).

Vienna, May 20, 2015 e-Taxis captured the spotlight at Eurovision
  IRU’s Global Taxi Network (GTN) partner, Taxi.eu, provided the stars and their 40 delegations with an impressive means of transport – six Tesla electric taxis - to the Mayor of Vienna’s red carpet reception during the Eurovision Song Contest. Besides the six e-taxis, around 120 hybrid vehicles were used to make sure that all the transport needs of the artists, delegations and reporters were met in a sustainable way.
 
The Global Taxi Network promotes legal, reliable, high-quality and safe services to taxi customers by making use of the latest smartphone technology. Taxi.eu is an ideal IRU partner, with its state-of-the-art smartphone app technology, environmentally-friendly taxis and extensive fleet of 62,000 vehicles providing quality taxis throughout Europe's major cities.
 
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Brussels, May 20, 2015 IRU welcomes EC action against German transport wages
  The IRU welcomes the action taken by the European Commission to begin infringement proceedings against Germany over its minimum wage legislation to international road transport operations, and urges the EC to complete the infringement procedure as rapidly as possible in order to provide clarity to all transport operators.

In the meantime, the IRU calls for an immediate moratorium of the German legislation on all affected international transport operations in and out of Germany.

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