You have a responsibility: the women leading road transport into the future
In the second edition of this special series spotlighting some of the women leaders of our industry, we feature Anna Grönlund, Deputy Managing Director of IRU member the Swedish Bus and Coach Federation, and Vice President of IRU’s Passenger Transport Council.
Implementing the EU’s Mobility Package 1: where do we stand one year on?
One year on from the main EU Mobility Package 1 (MP1) provisions entering into force, IRU brought together the road transport industry and enforcement groups in a workshop to assess the situation. Since February 2022, most of the EU’s MP1 provisions have been in force. The industry is working under new rules governing driving and rest periods, the posting of drivers, and access to the road transport market and profession.
EU sectoral social dialogue support crucial, say 32 partners
European social partners have called upon EU commissioners to ensure that social dialogue committees have the necessary financial and political support needed. In a joint letter to Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, IRU has joined forces with social partners representing 17 sectors to voice their concerns over the EU Commission’s proposal of multiyear, “project-based” financing for social dialogue committees.
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.
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.
Supply chains at risk with new UK clandestine entrant scheme
IRU is concerned about the announced changes to the UK government’s Clandestine Entrant Civil Penalty Scheme for road hauliers, which will enter into force on 13 February 2023, and the potential impact it could have on UK-Europe supply chains.
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.
EU Council TEN-T approach good for passengers, but falls short on freight
EU Member States yesterday agreed on a version of the TEN-T Regulation which will improve people’s mobility, but waters down key European Commission proposals to boost truck driver working conditions and intermodal goods transport.
Strasbourg: MEPs back IRU on limiting EU Platform Workers Directive scope
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) joined IRU in Strasbourg to discuss the most contentious points of the proposed Platform Workers Directive – new EU legislation aiming to reclassify platform workers as employees.
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.
Attracting young drivers: EU dinner debate zeroes in on solutions
Driver shortages are everywhere in Europe, threatening the stability and continuity of mobility and supply chains. IRU’s recent EU Dinner Dialogue in the European Parliament brought together the road transport sector and public authorities to explore solutions.
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.
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.
Transit as Iran’s road transport priority
IRU’s Secretary General has met a delegation from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss road transport and transit in Iran and in the region in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
Thirty years of road transport excellence in Mongolia
Mongolian member association NARTAM has celebrated its 30 years of existence, championing road transport and trade in Mongolia and beyond.
Trusting your supply chain
The IRU Innovation and Development Fund supports members in implementing new solutions for the road transport industry. TIR associations submit project concepts for consideration, outlining research and field test plans, new technology components, partnership engagement and benefits for the sector.
Diesel will remain until green charging infrastructure improves
Without a rapid roll-out of recharging infrastructure across the continent, Europe’s freight operators will continue to choose diesel-powered vehicles over clean alternatives, participants at an event on green road freight have heard.
Eurasian economic forum says transport must digitalise to be sustainable
Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, last week hosted the Eurasian Economic Forum for the first time. This major regional event, bringing together over 2,500 attendees, had an ambitious agenda with 35 sessions, panels and round tables covering various economic subjects, with transport as a core focus.
Erman Ereke takes over as IRU’s General Delegate in Istanbul
Erman Ereke has taken the reigns of IRU’s regional office in Istanbul, Turkey for the Black Sea region today.
Championing road safety in the United Arab Emirates
Safety is the top priority for all transport operators, but safety is also the responsibility of everyone on the road. How can logistics firms drive safety improvements across the board? Meet our member Tristar, who is doing just that with its Quarterly Safety Meeting concept.