Skilled drivers are critical to overcoming key industry challenges
IRU Academy Associate Training Institutes from 20 countries have stressed the importance of strengthening professional qualification standards to help mitigate driver shortages during their recent e-meeting.
Road safety, trade and sustainability top IRU and Qatar talks
IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto and H.E. Engineer Hamad Essa Abdulla, Qatar’s Ministry of Transport Acting Assistance Undersecretary for Land Transport Affairs, held high-level talks in Geneva on key road transport challenges.
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 helps Benin overhaul its driver qualification framework
After assessing Benin’s driving licence system and road safety protocols, IRU, the world road transport organisation, has devised a series of recommendations to improve safety and overall traffic efficiency.
Competitive European tourism needs pragmatic coach driver rules
Major transport and tourism organisations have called upon the EU Commission to support an ambitious proposal on specific driving and rest time rules for coach tourism. Currently, coach tourism drivers are subject to the same rules regarding the organisation of their driving and rest time rules as truck drivers. However, the nature of their work is considerably different.
IRU secures UN action on fines for earthquake aid drivers
After being contacted by several of its members concerning driving regulations and unwarranted fines, IRU has clarified formalities for humanitarian transport. In the aftermath of the earthquake in Syria and Türkiye, IRU has been contacted by several of its members with a request to clarify driving and rest time rule obligations related to humanitarian transport operations.
Road transport reaches out to earthquake victims
IRU is in contact with its members in Türkiye and Syria following yesterday’s devastating earthquake, offering its deepest condolences to the victims and support to help coordinate relief efforts. On behalf of the global IRU family, Secretary General Umberto de Pretto has offered his heartfelt sympathies to all caught up in the tragedy in Türkiye, Syria and elsewhere.
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.
Some progress, but clarity still needed: Mobility Package 1
Taking stock of the progress made, key road transport players participated in the fifth IRU workshop on the enforcement of the EU’s Mobility Package 1. The workshop built on IRU’s continuous work to bring clarity to enforcement since the Package’s adoption two years ago and since the last set of Mobility Package 1 rules became applicable several months ago.
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).
MELI reaches 4,000 drivers certified on IRU RoadMasters hydrocarbon programme
IRU partner Middle East Logistics High Institute (MELI), a subsidiary of Almajdouie Group, has trained, assessed and certified over 4,000 truck drivers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) by following and applying the standards set by IRU to ensure a high quality of service in the transport of dangerous good by road.
TIR needed to boost connectivity of landlocked developing countries
The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the Republic of Botswana conducted, in close collaboration with World Trade Organization (WTO), a session on improving the connectivity of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) last week. The session took place during the Aid for Trade Global Review 2022.
Resilient China-Europe trade routes eyed with diversified road corridors
Amidst ongoing global supply chain disruptions, IRU and the UN have brought together the logistics sector from Asia and Europe to discuss more resilient east-west road links.
UN echoes IRU approach in renewing road safety action for 2030 plan
The UN General Assembly met last week in a renewed push on road safety, with a focus on driver training, conditions and monitoring, as well as vehicle standards, public transport and international cooperation.
Lawmaker: Europe needs the internal combustion engine
Rather than prescribing solutions like electrification to decarbonise road transport, policymakers should focus on creating a framework for innovation that takes a technology-neutral approach, argues MEP Barbara Thaler.