The IRU has declared itself partially satisfied with the first conclusions announced by the 'group of wise men' to the European Commission on the evolution of the road transport market. The main criticisms expressed by the IRU involve the possible expansion of cabotage activities. “The IRU admits that the market cannot be opened up without appropriate measures with regard to the harmonisation of rules on road transport, the introduction of a regime of shared responsibilities and access to the profession by transit companies”.
Transit companies have represented the new target of the international transport federation for a little time now. They control the only transit system authorised in Europe, the T system, while the IRU would like to see the re-introduction of the TIR system, which it believes 'offers better financial guarantees and more security within the supply chain for the exchange of customs bonded merchandise within the EU”. The IRU thus regrets that the group of wise men does not envisage the re-introduction of this system in Europe.
| 25/06/2012 | Claude Yvens