Global truck driver shortage to double by 2028

The global truck driver shortage could double in five years with over 3 million truck driver positions – 7% of the total - currently unfilled in 36 countries, according to the latest report by the International Road Transport Union (IRU). It added that only 12% of drivers are below 25, and just 6% are women. It warns that with the already huge gap between young and old drivers will get much ... [+]

Amazon joins road industry group

Amazon has joined the International Road Transport Union (IRU) as a corporate member. The global e-commerce company says it will work with the organisation on common challenges including sustainability and decarbonisation, road safety and artificial intelligence. Its Amazon Transportation Services and Amazon Logistics arms partner with thousands of small and ... [+]

IRU calls for TIR priority to break Ukraine border logjam

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and its local member associations have called on the European Commission to prioritise TIR trucks to ease lengthy border queues between Ukraine and the EU. Truck queues at borders between Ukraine and neighbouring European countries are regularly exceeding 40km, it says, stranding drivers for days ... [+]

Road operators face bankruptcy warns IRU

European Commission support measures to help companies affected by the war in Ukraine are welcome but do not go far enough to support road transport operators hit by escalating fuel costs, warns the International Road Transport Union (IRU). Director of EU Advocacy, Raluca Marian, said: “The exemptions on state aid ... [+]

IRU calls for urgent action on soaring fuel prices

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) is calling for urgent action to deal with rising commercial road transport fuel prices. It is calling for urgent action to cap fuel prices for commercial road transport and reduce or rebate taxes and excise on fuel for commercial operators. Global oil prices have reached ... [+]

IRU launches green blueprint

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has launched a Green Compact for collective global action to achieve carbon neutrality in commercial road transport services by 2050. Decarbonising the sector, comprising more than 65 million heavy-duty vehicles and accounting for approximately 2.5% of global CO₂ emissions, is essential to achieve global ... [+]

Driver shortage still serious, says IRU

There is still an alarming shortage of drivers worldwide, despite reduced demand due to Covid-19, says the International Road Transport Union in its latest survey. Surveying 800 road transport companies from over 20 countries, IRU found that the shortage was most acute in Eurasia, where last year 20% of driver ... [+]

IRU calls for coordinated end to containment

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has called for a coordinated approach in lifting containment on cross-border transport in the European Union. It says that a lack of coordination by member states has been a fundamental difficulty in setting up and managing restrictions and border control so far. It follows publication ... [+]

Road haulage pleas go unheeded

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) is complaining that its global call for immediate and concerted action by governments and organisations to ensure that goods keep moving have largely gone unanswered. IRU secretary general, Umberto de Pretto, said: “We are extremely concerned about the lack of coordination and individual approaches put ... [+]

IRU hails first Indian-Afghanistan TIR transit

The first intermodal transport using TIR from India to Afghanistan via Chabahar port in Iran was completed in early March, reports the International Road Transport Union (IRU). Carrying factory line components, the operation took seven days in total - five by sea and two by road from Chabahar port in Iran ... [+]

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