Weaponising biases: the women leading road transport into the future
In the fourth edition of this special series spotlighting some of the women leaders of our industry, we feature Theresa-Jasmin Meyering, Trainer and Bus & Coach Business Manager at Meyering Verkehrsbetriebe.
How Spain is tackling driver shortages
Spain is facing a shortage of drivers – and it’s likely to get worse if current trends continue. We asked Ramón Valdivia, Executive Vice President of IRU member ASTIC and IRU Presidential Executive member, what is being – and should be – done in response.
Never stop learning: the women leading road transport into the future
In the third edition of this special series spotlighting some of the women leaders of our industry, we feature Florence Berthelot, General Delegate of IRU member the Fédération Nationale des Transports Routiers (FNTR).
International Women’s Day spotlight: commercial road transport
Commercial road transport has traditionally been a male-dominated industry. Nevertheless, the percentage of women working in the sector is slowly but steadily changing. We look at some of them on this special day. The share of women truck drivers is less than 3% in most regions.
IRU welcomes EU vote to curb bogus employment practices by platforms
The European Parliament, meeting in plenary yesterday, has given the green light to its Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) to negotiate with the Council on new rules to reclassify platform employees. The Parliament has taken the right turn by limiting the Platform Workers Directive’s scope to purely digital platform players.
Parking innovator Freightsafe joins IRU
Freightsafe, a young company set on improving parking for trucks with a novel approach, has joined IRU as its newest member. Founded in 2017, Freightsafe installs and operates automated smart parking ports for trucks. The company is looking to change the way secure parking works by giving drivers and transport operators the power to procure secure parking where and when needed.
Global driver shortages: 2022 year in review
In 2022, IRU, backed with on-the-ground information from its members, continued to report and analyse global driver shortages: a chronic issue threatening the stability and continuity of mobility and supply chains. This article offers an overview of IRU’s efforts to analyse the situation, raise awareness and advance solutions.
Málaga CF: Ex-pro football player continues to serve his boyhood club
Angel Nava del Val, better known as Ángelo, used to play as a left-back for professional Spanish football team Málaga CF. Since his retirement, he’s managed to stay close to his boyhood team. With now a different role as Málaga CF’s official driver, Ángelo, 56, tells us his story.
IRU welcomes EU vote to curb platforms’ bogus employment practices
The European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) voted on new rules to reclassify platforms’ self-employed collaborators as digital platform employees. The Platform Workers Directive takes the right turn by limiting its scope to pure digital platform players.
‘Still fills me with joy’: driving the Cagliari football team
57-year-old Franco Pala is from Capoterra, a town in Sardinia, Italy. Six years ago, he was approached with a major career opportunity: to become the official coach driver of Italian football club Cagliari. With the World Cup underway and football fever running high, Franco Pala describes his last six years.
Magical: 35 years of driving professional football team ends in glory
Jose Angel Cueto Lopez drove Real Racing Club de Santander football players to their games every week for over 35 years. IRU member and Spanish operator ALSA, who Jose Lopez worked for, spoke with him soon after his retirement about his career as a professional driver. As the World Cup gets underway, here are some of his fondest memories.
Figure of the month: 44%
In November’s figure of the month, we look at truck driver jobs and what’s behind “44%”. Hint: it’s related to demand.
We are not platforms! Industries deeply concerned by EU proposal
Major industry representatives are concerned by the direction that the European Parliament is taking in negotiations over the Platform Workers Directive, which reclassifies self-employed collaborators in the EU as digital platform workers.
Border issues in focus as North American industry leaders meet in San Diego
IRU’s 2022 North American Transportation Forum (NATF) Leadership Dialogue has brought together senior executives from road transportation companies from Canada, Mexico and the US.
Cargo theft: IRU training programme tackles key issue facing operators
Cargo theft is a major threat to supply chains. It hits road transport – and drivers – especially hard, as goods are particularly vulnerable to theft while in transit. IRU’s transport security programme helps operators tackle security woes.
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.
IRU welcomes new EU safe parking funding but more targeted measures needed
IRU, the world road transport organisation, welcomes the call for proposals, which was published yesterday, to access a total of EUR 250 million in the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding to improve the network of safe and secure parking areas (SSTPAs) across the European Union (EU).
Uber files: EU needs clear line between irresponsible digital platforms and regular transport businesses in upcoming platform workers legislation
With recent evidence concerning Uber's unlawful business practices coming to light, IRU underlines its support for each worker's right to dignity and decent working conditions, whether employed or self-employed.
New Mobility Package 1 single window for EU road transport launched by IRU
IRU, the world road transport organisation, has launched a new portal for the transport sector bringing together, in one place and in an easy-to-read format, key information on the application of Mobility Package 1 rules across the EU.
IRU, ACEA, T&E and Hydrogen Europe call for more ambitious EU alternative fuels infrastructure
Leading voices in decarbonising EU road transport are urgently calling on EU Member States and the European Parliament to agree on ambitious targets for electric recharging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
Tristar selects IRU RoadMasters to boost hydrocarbon transport safety
Major energy logistics company and IRU member Tristar Group has chosen the IRU RoadMasters hydrocarbon programme for its operations across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region and beyond.
Promoting safe parking areas with the European Truck Parking Award
The European secure parking organisation (ESPORG) has awarded the first edition of the European Truck Parking Award to Truck Etape Béziers in France. IRU participated in the jury alongside other leading road transport stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental institutions.