An industry distress call
Support an essential industry and essential workers
Road transport services have been crucial in responding to the crisis, but many are now struggling to survive. In 2020, IRU predicted a looming wave of bankruptcies. This looming wave is turning into a real wave of bankruptcies.
Latest IRU research shows that:
- In 2021 the losses are predicted at -347 billion USD (equals a decline of -13%). Keeping in mind the dramatic losses in 2020 up to 10 % of freight transport companies have gone out of business and as a result, 6 mio trucks stand idle.
- International bus and coach transport has been hit hardest. In many cases, coming to a complete standstill. Revenue loss in the passenger transport industry in 2021 are predicted at - 543 billion USD. Since the beginning of the crisis, 30% of passenger transport companies have laid off staff and in some countries 20-30% of companies operating international services went out of business.
After a full year into the pandemic, global supply and mobility chains remain disrupted. Transport purchasing manager don’t see predictability and certainty when planning transport services which is reflected in the negative PMI score.
The global road transport industry works with international financial institutions, international organisation and governments and the road transport industry on the:
- Coordination of COVID-19 responses at global and cross-border level
- Deployment of targeted financial support measures
- Use of the digital tools that already exist including eTIR and e-CMR.
Vaccination – needed now
Uncoordinated action by governments, and their chaotic COVID-19 testing and vaccination schemes, are endangering drivers, mobility networks and supply chains.
IRU urges the World Health Organization and national governments to introduce urgently a global mutually recognised digital vaccination certificate for commercial truck and coach drivers. Furthermore, governments need to prioritise commercial drivers in national vaccination programmes.
- 12 May 2021 - H.E. Mr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
- 20 January 2021 - Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission
- 23 November 2020 - Antonio Guterres, United Nations
- 2 July 2020 - Next Generation EU: priority areas for road transport to drive recovery
- 4 May 2020 - Road transport industry call for action "Driving the recovery"
- 23 Apr 2020 - Open letter to G20 Employment Ministers from leaders of global industry organisations
- 23 Apr 2020 - IRU Croatian Presidency Letter - Call to support the continuity of the supply chains and mobility networks in post covid-19 de-confinement period
- 25 Mar 2020 - Basic continuity and survival of urban public transport and local mobility services in Europe
- 17 Mar 2020 - Coronavirus and its impact on supply chains and mobility network
- 1 June 2021 - ECO Secretariat
- 26 May 2021 - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO
- 10 February 2021 - Antonio Guterres, United Nations
- 14 December 2020 - Mauricio Claver-Carone, Inter-American Development Bank
- 11 December 2020 - Alicia Bárcena, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
- 11 December 2020 - Makhtar Diop, World Bank
- 10 December 2020 - Jin Liqun, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
- 9 December 2020 - Odile Renaud-Basso, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- 2 December 2020 - Woochong Um, Asian Development Bank
- 26 November 2020 - Young Tae Kim, Secretary General, International Transport Forum
- 26 November 2020 - Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the BSEC Member States
- 19 June 2020 - Valdimir Norov, Shanghai Cooperation Organization
- 29 May 2020 - Angel Gurría, Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
- 22 May 2020 - Asset Assavbayev, Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA
- 13 May 2020 - Alicia Bárcena, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
- 11 May 2020 - Hadi Soleimanpour, Secretary General, Economic Cooperation Organization
- 8 May 2020 - Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
- 24 Apr 2020 - Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany
- 21 Apr 2020 - Sue Barrett, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- 16 Apr 2020 - Guy Rider, International Labour Office
- 3 Apr 2020 - Kunio Mikuriya, World Customs Organization
- IRU emergency call for action on COVID-19 vaccinations for professional drivers
- COVID-19 Crisis Meeting March 2021 Joint statement
- COVID-19 Impact on the Road Transport Industry - Update November 2020
- IRU COVID-19 call for action to governments
- IRU Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communication Toolkit
- IRU Recommendations for truck drivers during COVID-19
- IRU Recommendations for bus and coach drivers during COVID-19
- Survey - Impact of COVID-19 on road transport industry
- Опросник относительно воздействия COVID-19 на сферу автомобильного транспорта
- UNECE/IRU Flyer - Recommendations for border crossings during COVID-19
- IRU guidelines on deconfinement and social distancing for collective passenger transport
- Statement of R. Guillot, Chairman of ATA
- Joint UN call for smooth transit and transport facilitation to and from landlocked developing countries