Transport policy is set to be a crucial cog of the EU’s policy-making patchwork over the next five years. But how do trucks, coaches, buses and other road-based options fit into the scheme of things?
Environmental footprint may capture most headlines but road transport also has a number of other challenges to meet head-on, from addressing social concerns like safety and talent-retention to dragging the sector into the digital age.
EU policy- and law-makers have their work cut out for them once the incoming European Commission takes office. Incomplete legislative work and the need to address new challenges will keep transport officials occupied for some time.
Ursula von der Leyen’s new Commission should look seriously at making sure transport rules are well-tailored to different types of vehicles, while taking advantage of several “low-hanging fruits”, according to road transport association chief Matthias Maedge.
For a world in motion - IRU's Call for Action in Europe 2019-2024.