Truck park funds welcomed

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the Europe’s Transport Workers’ Federation, have welcomed the European Commission launch of a €100 million fund for safe and secure truck parking areas across the European Union. With only 300,000 truck parking spaces currently available in the EU, there is a significant shortfall of 100,000 spaces to meet total demand they say. Only 7,000, or less than 3%, of existing parking places in ... [+]

No end to driver shortage, warns IRU

Truck driver shortages are expected to increase in 2021 by over a quarter on 2020 levels in almost all of the 23 countries surveyed in the International Road Transport Union (IRU) recent global survey of road transport firms.It added that gaps are set to increase at a much higher rate ... [+]

Think again on trucker Covid checks, IRU tells Germany

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has written to German Chancellor Angela Merkel pointing out that her country’s refusal to exempt professional truck drivers from mandatory COVID-19 testing broke previous commitments on EU “green lanes” and the free movement of goods, and moreover dids not help curb the virus. It added ... [+]

Covid tests cause border chaos in Europe

Test measures for truck drivers imposed by Germany, the Austrian Tyrol and the Czech Republic, are causing chaos for freight transport, warns the International Road Transport Union (IRU). The trade route from Italy northwards across the Brenner Pass, as well as East-West corridors, are particularly badly affected, it says. Germany has ... [+]

‘Never again’ says IRU as Kent blockade starts to ease

The International Road Transport Union is calling on governments to agree clear protocols to avoid a repetition of the current scenes in Kent after the French government closed its borders to truck drivers from the UK. With trucks are now moving slowly through a gridlocked Dover towards France, the current backlog ... [+]

Driver shortage to surge in 2020, says IRU

IRU said that its research of small and medium sized logistics companies  showed that the European road transport sector is facing a 13% increase in its commercial driver shortage. The commercial freight driver shortfall on the continent would rise from 23% in 2019 to 36% in 2020, it predicted. Poland and Romania ... [+]

Help us face future challenges, says road union

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) called on international organisations, governments and industry stakeholders to safeguard road transport in the face of myriad challenges, in its manifesto published on 17 September. It said that the industry is beset by geopolitical unrest, climate change concerns, a chronic shortage of commercial drivers, issues ... [+]

IRU unimpressed with Russian TIR action

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has accused Russian Customs of spreading confusion over TIR. While the Customs service had officially announced a stay of execution until 1 July 2014, immediately afterwards it “once again disregarded the TIR Convention by unilaterally issuing, on 2 December 2013, a list of offices ... [+]

New chief for IRU

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has appointed Umberto de Pretto as its new secretary general. He replaces Martin Marmy from 1 June. Mr de Pretto joined the IRU in 1995 and was appointed Deputy Secretary General in 2002. He previously worked for the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, ... [+]

Brussels rejects TIR reinstatement call

The European Commissioner for Taxation and the Customs Union Algirdas Šemeta has rejected a call by the International Road Transport Union for the TIR system to be reintroduced for intra-EU truck movements. The IRU had called for the TIR transit system to be reinstated for goods transport under customs control ... [+]

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