IRU News IRU News en IRU working With Argentina on road transport professionalisation IRU recently visited Buenos Aires at the invitation of IRU member FADEEAC and its training arm, the Fundación Para el Transporte (FPT) to discuss the latest efforts to professionalise the road transport industry in Argentina, and the potential for such efforts to become a model for other countries in South America. FADEEAC’s and FPT’s leadership, Daniel Indart and Oscar Iraola respectively, met with IRU’s Patrick Philippe, who leads the IRU Academy, and Martin Rojas, senior advisor for the Americas. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:01:36 +0200 IRU Leading research institute for road safety joins IRU The RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) – an international, non-profit research institute based in Borås, Sweden – brings a new focus on road safety to the IRU membership. Founded in 1997, RISE is a network of Swedish research and technology organisations, which perform industrial and innovation research related to road safety and transport. Its expertise ranges from mechanical risks to measurement technology and fire protection, working with testing, inspection, calibration and certification. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:59:26 +0200 IRU Transcontinental integration and digitalisation top the agenda at Russia’s largest transport event IRU’s participation in the largest Russian transport industry event – TransRussia – highlights the latest trends, products and services, with new growth areas and the digital transformation of logistics operations taking centre stage. Transport associations and IRU members from across Eurasia were hosted at the IRU stand during the 3-day event, held in Moscow. The interactive platform enabled members to jointly promote their services, specifically TIR’s “single transit document”, offering reliable and seamless road transport operations. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:12:06 +0200 IRU Clarity, efficiency and fairness essential in new Road Initiatives The European Commission Road Initiative legislative proposals must ensure that the industry remains viable and continues to underpin the European Union’s economy. The new proposals must support the further development of a modern and integrated European transport system that operates in a fair, competitive environment. At the end of May, the European Commission will publish a series of new proposals which could fundamentally alter the functioning of commercial road transport in the EU. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:00:00 +0200 IRU Digitalisation is key to competitive transport sector The 8th Northern Dimension Forum in St Petersburg put a spotlight on public and private sector cooperation to fast-track the implementation of digital logistics operations for improved efficiency and competitiveness – with a draft resolution on next steps as the outcome. IRU tools based on tried and tested UN Conventions, such as eTIR: the new generation of the global customs transit system, and e-CMR: the digital consignment note, were highlighted. Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:27:12 +0200 IRU I-CVUE – cleaner, greener mobility in urban Europe Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe (I-CVUE) – a three year initiative, which actively supported commercial fleet operators to switch to sustainable electro-mobility – has replaced 900 petrol and diesel commercial vehicles with greener, electric vehicles and provided the tools for many more to follow. The development of greener, cleaner commercial vehicles is important for the environment as well as for our communities, with the operation of electric vehicles in towns and cities helping to ensure a more sustainable future for personal mobility. Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:16:35 +0200 IRU Mongolia backs TIR to spur trade with China and Russia A trade revolution along the Asian Highway network – connecting China and Russia via Mongolia’s key transport corridors – is the focus of a series of TIR training workshops in Ulaanbaatar, jointly organised by the National Road Transport Association of Mongolia (NARTAM) and IRU. The meetings reinforce Mongolia’s active steps to eliminate transit barriers, reduce delivery times for overland transport, and expedite the region’s potential for more trade in the future – as outlined in the recent Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:43:29 +0200 IRU Advance on Vietnam’s roadmap to join TIR Following high level meetings in Hanoi earlier in the month, which continued the momentum for Vietnam’s possible accession to the TIR Convention, IRU returns this week to run knowledge sharing sessions with public and private stakeholders on the benefits and operational aspects of TIR. The visit includes a trip to the busiest border crossing between Vietnam and China – the Lang Son border – where the practical application of TIR will be considered in terms of its potential to drive trade and sustainable development for the region. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:45:49 +0200 IRU IRU backs EU road safety drive   IRU backs the Malta declaration and pledge by EU governments to cut road accident fatalities by 50% between 2020 and 2030 and continues to support initiatives that make Europe’s roads safer. The latest figures from the European Commission show that every year around 25,000 people are killed on Europe’s roads. Despite continuing improvements in reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries, for road transport professionals even one accident is one too many. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:26:56 +0200 IRU EU members must move to “digital single market” Highlighting that digitalisation will be key to the success and survival of transport and logistics companies in Europe, Violeta Bulc, the European Commissioner for Transport, has urged the goods transport sector to work with the European Commission and EU member states to push for legislative reforms and policies to support better use of developing technologies. 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