MEMBER associations of IRU, the world road transport organisation, have voted for an emergency call to governments on dealing with current global supply chain disruptions.
IRU’s Goods Transport Council, representing over three million logistics operators globally, unanimously backed the call on governments to accelerate digital trade tools, stop misguided Covid restrictions, act to alleviate driver shortages and level out soaring fuel prices.
Governments should act in four areas:
1 Alleviate congested ports and restore trade flows
2 Unblock truck movements by abandoning unnecessary and often politically motivated Covid border controls and driving restrictions
3 Ease truck driver shortages by lowering the qualification age for professional drivers to 18, speed up driver visa processes, and encourage training places with a particular focus on attracting more women into the profession
4 Freeze or adjust fuel taxes and charges to level out soaring fuel prices.