Commercial road transport will be a key driver for global economic recovery

Commercial road transport will be a key driver for global economic recovery, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said in its latest sector analysis since early June. The industry is one of the worst hit by the constraints during the pandemic, affecting both carmakers and carriers, logistics companies and a number of other supply chain sectors.The peculiar global lockdown has changed the way the transport system will function in the future. In addition to the temporary measures to extend the validity of certificates, licenses, roadworthiness tests and driver qualifications adopted at the end of May, the European Commission has developed a package of guidelines for Member States on the safe transport of passengers and goods with a gradual lifting of bans, removing restrictions and opening borders.
According to the World Road Transport Organization (IRU), the role of commercial transport in restarting the global economy will depend on the next steps to support the industry. "Drivers risked their own health to deliver food, medicine and workers to supermarkets, hospitals, key institutions and organizations. The industry itself now needs help to stimulate the recovery of the global economy from COVID-19, "said IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto.
State support is important for the industry, including financial and non-financial measures for road hauliers (passenger and freight) - whether small or large. Restoring confidence in the passenger transport system, which was completely blocked during the crisis, requires a smart and balanced approach by all countries to encourage a gradual return to normal operations. However, this will take more time.
Other measures are related to the safe and secure crossing of borders, which will actually encourage trade and transit flows during the pandemic. This includes the use of TIRs, especially eTIRs for smooth and paperless border crossings, green corridors for the transport of goods to reduce waiting times, non-discrimination against countries or carriers, etc. The EC has also stepped up work on the introduction of the new e-Freight Regulation (eFTI) in the EU, which will oblige Member States' customs authorities to accept electronic proofs of conformity and introduce interoperability on their electronic platforms.
Thus, the administrative burden and costs for the business will be reduced, and the exchange of information and control will take place in real time and in full. Manufacturers of trucks, buses and specialized vehicles are also preparing for the new conditions. The development of technologies and innovations introduced in the new models can become a prerequisite for the resumption of trade and passenger transport, the industry is convinced.
Digitalization, the comfort of cabins and saloons, as well as new design solutions for reorganizing the space to help social distance, are some of the opportunities that leading brands will show at TRUCK EXPO 2021 "The industry is extremely flexible and ready for the challenge. Trucks for transport of passengers and goods can be a means to support the phase of economic recovery after COVID-19 ", emphasize the Association of Automobile Manufacturers and their authorized representatives in Bulgaria (AAP), organizer of the exhibition. See the transport of the new reality from 10 to 12 June 2021 in Plovdiv, on the territory of the International Fair