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COVID-19 LATEST: IRU calls for wide-ranging road transport industry support

May 7, 2020: COVID-19 UPDATE #7 FOR IRU MEMBERS. 

Read full update here


April 29, 2020: The International Road Transport Union (IRU) is calling on governments to ramp up efforts to support road transport operators so they can drive broader financial and social recovery. Road transport services underpin all economic activity, but goods transport operator revenues have declined by up to 40% during the COVID-19 crisis. 


“All over the world, commercial road transport companies, including millions of small and medium-sized firms, are struggling” said Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General. “Operator bankruptcies will put the recovery of an entire economy at risk.” 

Full story is here


IRU COVID-19 recommendations

Video Message regarding COVID-19 by IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto

Recommendations for Freight Drivers COVID-19

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has issued Recommendations for Freight Drivers during the COVID-19 situation. As we know our membership is trying to maintain their vital services while paying full attention for the health and safety of their personnel. In view of this, we share these IRU recommendations with you for the benefit of our members’ crane and transport companies and their drivers.


IRU COVID-19 truck driver checklist [English]

IRU COVID-19 truck driver checklist [German]

IRU COVID-19 truck driver checklist [French] 

IRU COVID-19 truck driver checklist [Polish]

IRU COVID-19 truck driver checklist [Russian]

IRU COVID-19 truck driver checklist [Greek] 


COVID-19 news and updates

INFORMATION SOURCES: Many ESTA members, supporters and publishers are providing regular COVID-19 updates:


- IRU’s COVID19 Information Hub is here

- KHL’s rolling COVID-19 coverage is here

- HeavyliftPFI’s COVID-19 coverage is here

- Latest information from ESTA German member BSK is here

- A live COVID-19 blog from ESTA Dutch member TLN is here

- Germany’s KranMagazin published a document on the effects of COVID-19 on goods and passenger traffic, as of 20/03/2020, here

- UK-specific advice can be found on the website of ESTA member CPA here


IRU’s take on EU COVID-19 exit road map

April 20, 2020: The European Union has set out its road map for lifting the current COVID-19 restrictions across Europe and progressively reopening certain sectors.

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Supply chain assistance essential, says IRU

April 7, 2020: IRU and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have together called on governments and international bodies to ensure international supply and mobility chains remain connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their statement includes requests for transport workers to be regarded as key workers, for the safety and well-being of those involved in cross-border logistics to be guaranteed and for urgent financial assistance for the road tansport industry, especially smaller companies. More here


FEM’s De Vuyst calls on EU leaders to protect industry

April 6, 2020: In an open letter, FEM President Jos De Vuyst calls on EU and national leaders to take all the necessary measures to preserve industrial capacity and enable the European materials handling industry to keep supply chains operating. Full story is here



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