Digitalise to boost Central Asian connectivity, IRU stresses at UN forum
IRU’s TIR and Transit Director has urged Central Asian countries to accelerate the digitalisation of transport and trade to better manage the growing volumes of goods flowing through the region.
Council backs intelligent systems deployment, EU states must now step up
IRU welcomes the Council’s formal adoption of the revised Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Directive, which ends the legislative cycle following the previous formal endorsement of the negotiated deal by the European Parliament. Member States must now adhere to the commitments outlined in the legislation and prioritise mobility data sharing and availability.
IRU outlines border problems and solutions at Turkic states forum
With shifting trade routes increasing pressure on corridors crossing Central Asia and the Caucuses, IRU unpacked the challenges and solutions at a recent forum with the private and public sector.
Driving resilience and prosperity: road transport leaders head to Tashkent
IRU members, transport companies, development organisations and financial institutions are gathering in Uzbekistan for a key regional conference on pressing transport and transit challenges and emerging opportunities.
IRU calls for balanced EU framework on platforms displaying travel options
While the European Commission is still considering the best option for an EU framework to govern multimodal digital mobility services (MDMS), the road passenger sector is calling for an overarching relinking system to connect MDMS platforms and transport operators, with clear obligations regarding the listing of transport options.
The future is digital: from roads to clouds
What is the future of digitalisation in EU commercial road transport, inside and outside the vehicle?
Road transport regulation harmonisation remains key as UN GTRs turns 25
The UN has marked the 25th anniversary of the 1998 agreement on Global Technical Regulations (GTRs) as IRU continues to stress the need for harmonised road transport regulation in the face of new challenges and opportunities.
IRU and TOBB review key trade and transport challenges
Schengen visas, digitalisation, decarbonisation and the TIR system topped the agenda today as IRU’s Secretary General and the President of IRU member the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye (TOBB) reviewed road transport facilitation challenges and opportunities.
EU intelligent systems deal backs safe, efficient and green mobility
IRU welcomes the provisional agreement reached last week to increase the deployment of intelligent transport systems (ITS) on European roads. EU Member States must now include road transport data on their National Access Points by the end of 2025.
Small steps forward in EU alternative fuel infrastructure deal
IRU has welcomed the provisional agreement reached between the European Council, Commission and Parliament on the alternative fuels infrastructure regulation (AFIR). While the deal falls short on the level of ambition called for by IRU, it does increase the investment commitment of Member States.
EU Data Act negotiations: IRU warns against trade secrets excuse
The Council of the European Union has adopted its general approach on the Data Act. IRU has previously welcomed the text adopted by the European Parliament. But the Council’s version allows data holders to refuse users access to their own data. As with the Parliament’s text, IRU welcomes the clarification regarding vehicle users and third parties’ access to vehicle-generated data, as well as the additional limits on governments’ access to such data.
IRU welcomes European Parliament vote on pioneer data act
The European Parliament has adopted its position on the Data Act, the first EU industrial data rulebook, setting harmonised rules on accessing, sharing and using data generated by connected products, such as vehicles, and related services.
IRU at UN Inland Transport Committee: highlights of the week
IRU was involved in a wide range of activities at the UN’s 85th Inland Transport Committee (ITC) session this week, driving road transport forward with its members, governments and international organisations. It was a busy week in Geneva. Road transport actors from around the world were in town for the 85th ITC session, including delegations from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)’s 56 member states and far beyond.
Road transport organisations ink agreement to tackle major challenges
IRU and the International Road Federation (IRF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to reinforce their long-standing collaboration. Road transport operators, infrastructure providers, and users are essential in connecting people, businesses, and societies all over the world.
Turkic States: private and public partners stir debate on e-CMR
The Organisation of Turkic States (OTS), together with the UN and IRU, has led a workshop on e-CMR, as more countries from the region join the protocol. A recent workshop organised by OTS, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and IRU sought to raise awareness on e-CMR among public and private actors. The participants were also informed of the ongoing discussions at the UNECE’s GE.22, the Group of Experts on the Operationalisation of e-CMR.
Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan join United Nations e-CMR protocol
Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have acceded to e-CMR, committing to fully paperless goods transport and reinforcing their transition from landlocked to landlinked countries. Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, two countries at the heart of east-west and north-south trade, have acceded to the e-CMR protocol, which will further digitalise goods transport, boosting trade and connectivity.
New TIR centre opens in Iran to meet growing transit demand
IRU member the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) has opened a new TIR office in Bandar Abbas. Iran has issued more TIR carnets than any other country over the past two years.
IRU welcomes trilogue negotiations on EU Intelligent Transport Systems
IRU welcomes the European Parliament’s move to expedite the discussions on the revision of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Directive, as the Transport Committee (TRAN) is mandated to enter trilogue negotiations. The Parliament’s proposal reflects IRU’s call for a pragmatic ITS framework, which would play an important role in establishing a European mobility data space.
EU Transport Committee sets modern and pragmatic rules for Intelligent Transport Systems
IRU welcomes the outcome of the vote by the European Parliament's Transport Committee (TRAN), which makes important data more accessible to transport operators and other road users. This sends a strong signal to accelerate digitalisation in road transport.
IRU EU members adopt new social, environment and digitalisation positions
Members in IRU’s EU passenger, taxi and goods transport groups met in Brussels last week to debate and decide on new policy positions in three key areas.