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 in some countries, including by 150% in Spain, 175% in Mexico and 192% in Turkey.With the global economy expected to ... [+]

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 ... [+]

Russia to lift ban on lorry-driving ladies

Russia’s Ministry of Labour is to lift a ban on women becoming professional truck drivers as part of a sweeping away of legislation that currently bans them from a range of ‘physical’ jobs including firefighting and driving buses of more than 14 seats The legislation inherited from the former Soviet ... [+]

First TIR truck to China

The first successful TIR transport from Europe to China was completed in late February in 12 days - 7,400km journey from Germany to Khorgos in Chinese – reports the International Road Transport Union (IRU). Carrying 12 tonnes of automobile lubricant in challenging winter conditions, the truck travelled through Belarus, ... [+]

Cheaper than a plane, faster than a train

Ceva Logistics has taken part in the project to send the first ever TIR truck from China to Europe. A trial run from Khorgos, China via Kazakhstan to Poland operated on 13 November, in conjunction with the International Road Transportation Union and Alblas and Jet-rail, arriving at destination in just ... [+]

Tech is the future, but it will cost, says IRU survey

The trucking industry is optimistic about a new high tech future, and the majority believe that autonomous trucks will be a viable option in the next ten years, according to a survey of 450 firms by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) published on 5 November. However, transport companies worry about ... [+]

Oman to join TIR

Oman is to join the TIR, becoming the latest Gulf country to join the customs transit scheme. The International Road Transport Union (IRU) said it would work closely with government agencies to develop a digital using the latest technologies. Bilateral trade between Arab countries is currently as low as 10% ... [+]

Pakistan TIR goes live

The Pakistan International Chamber of Commerce (PNC-ICC) issued the first TIR carnet this week to Pakistani transport operator, TCS Logistics on 12 October. It follows recent meetings in Istanbul between Afghanistan and Pakistan where they agreed to initiate test operations from Karachi to Kabul and vice versa. There are now plans to ... [+]

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