Austria makes essential freight traffic captive to skiers
Austria has extended a weekend driving ban during the ski season on one of the EU’s busiest commercial routes, exclusively targeting freight transit operations. This further challenges the principle of the free movement of goods in the EU, just to clear the way for ski lovers. The European Commission must ensure that Austria respects fundamental EU principles.
Vote beyond myths: Back EU transport committee’s pragmatic licence position
Young professional drivers in the EU have been the target of a misguided safety campaign. The European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) provides concrete steps to address the EU’s youth unemployment and driver shortage while carefully considering and addressing road safety aspects. Its vision should be endorsed by the plenary.
EU transport committee OKs new CO₂ incentives but ignores proven solutions
IRU welcomes today’s European Parliament Transport Committee vote on vehicle weights and dimensions. They confirmed key CO₂ emission incentives, but, disappointingly, placed additional obstacles against wider use of European Modular System vehicles.
EU environment committee backs mixed deal on heavy vehicle CO₂ standards
IRU takes stock of today’s vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on CO₂ emission standards for new heavy-duty vehicles. It is a mixed bag for the commercial road transport sector.
Protecting animals during transport: EU needs better, more applicable rules
IRU’s EU goods transport members have unanimously approved the organisation’s position on the European Commission’s proposal to amend rules governing the protection of animals during transport.
From long-haul to last mile: IRU and POLIS tackle zero-emission logistics
What are the challenges and opportunities facing the European logistics sector’s journey to carbon neutrality? IRU and POLIS will address your pressing decarbonisation questions during a three-part webinar series. Join us tomorrow for part one.
Team IRU on the ground: staff worldwide visit transport operators
From Beijing to Brussels, the entire IRU global team have visited road transport operator facilities as part of their joint 2024 kick-off meeting, exploring opportunities and challenges facing the industry.
Interoperability: IRU outlines road-rail digitalisation synergies
IRU unpacked road-rail digitalisation opportunities to boost the efficiency and transparency of trade at the European Commission’s “Investors Forum for EU-Central Asia Transport Connectivity” in Brussels.
North Macedonia’s Best Mobility joins IRU
The Republic of North Macedonia’s national road transport association, Best Mobility NTA, has joined IRU as its newest member.
IMERA: IRU welcomes needed EU deal on crisis management protocol
The European Parliament and Council have reached a provisional agreement on a new crisis coordination framework requiring Member States to be transparent on their crisis measures. This now needs to happen in practice.
European Road Freight Rate Benchmark Q4 2023: Contract market holds up but spot market plummets
The Upply x Ti x IRU European road freight rates index shows that the Q4 spot rate index was down 14.8 points year over year. However, the quarter-over-quarter fall in the contractual rates index was limited to 0.9 points, due to high costs and, in particular, the toll increases in Q4 2023.
French protests: European Commission weighs options with IRU
IRU and its member federations from France, Romania and Spain have met with EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean on actions to protect drivers and road transport services amid the ongoing French farmer protests.
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Done deal: Major victory for EU coach drivers and tourism
Coach tourism is finally recognised by European legislators. The Council presidency and European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement that gives coach tourism drivers rules meant for their profession.
The intricate dance of logistics in Dakar
With a fleet of 70 tanker trucks, IRU New Industry Shaper Balai Sakho, the Director General of Senegalese company “Transports Ibrahima Sakho”, is driven by an unwavering commitment to quality and a personal relationship with the sector.
EU Member States must keep vital road corridors open amidst protests
Current protests in France, as well as recent and possible new protests in other Member States, can endanger the free movement of goods, one of the fundamental principles of the EU, while jeopardising the security of drivers and their cargo. The European Commission must intervene to ensure the free movement of goods.
IRU urges European Commission to address damaging border waiting times
The road transport sector is strongly concerned that additional border control measures introduced by Bulgaria and Romania to fight irregular migration, in the context of accession to the Schengen area, are having disproportionately negative consequences on goods transport and trade.
Road transport industry to EU states: Reject mandatory purchasing targets
IRU, the world road transport organisation, has called on EU Member States to firmly reject the European Parliament’s proposal to impose mandatory purchasing targets for zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles on transport operators.
Smarter local rides: Veezu joins IRU
The UK's fastest-growing taxi and private hire technology platform has joined IRU as its newest member.
Have you ever driven a truck? Reinventing driver training
Surprised by the training system for truck drivers in his country, IRU New Industry Shaper Lenno Põder decided to become a truck driver himself to truly understand the profession. He now offers accessible, innovative and inclusive training in Estonia.
Rocking the boat: Setting up scalable, profitable truck parking in months
The lack of safe and secure parking areas is a fundamental challenge facing the road transport industry. What are the solutions? Charles Anderson, CEO of IRU member Freightsafe, told us why its modern, secure and cost-effective approach is central to the future of truck parking.
China’s major manufacturing hub opens new TIR route with Uzbekistan
Shenzhen is accelerating the development of TIR transport corridors connecting China to Central Asia to facilitate growing trade volumes.
Global driver shortages: 2023 year in review
In 2023, IRU, backed with on-the-ground information from its members, continued to report and analyse global driver shortages: a chronic issue threatening mobility networks and supply chains. This article offers an overview of some of IRU’s efforts to analyse the situation, raise awareness and advance solutions.
From Geneva to Istanbul: The past, present and future of road transport
IRU marked its 75th anniversary this year with special events in Geneva, Brussels, Tashkent, Cancun, Beijing, Riyadh and Istanbul. Relive the dialogues, debates and celebrations with more than a thousand public and private sector leaders from around the world.
TIR growth tops IRU and China talks
With strong momentum driving Chinese TIR developments, IRU’s Secretary General was in China to discuss priorities for 2024 with key road transport and trade authorities.