Stress on higher quality road transport services

DUBAI — Member organisations of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) from some 70 countries across the five continents unanimously signed a congress declaration to provide higher quality and more environmentally efficient road transport services.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 17 Mar 2006, 10:45 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:30 PM

The declaration, titled “Road Transport, the Vital Link to Progress”, was signed at the conclusion of the Thirtieth Congress of the IRU, which concluded in Dubai yesterday. It is expected to help ensure “a better overall quality of life and improved distribution of wealth through economic, social and environmental development in all markets.”

The congress called on governments everywhere to recognise the irreplaceable role of road transport in modern society, to reject measures that penalise the sector and to adopt policies that allow it to continue to satisfy the growing demands made on it by an expanding global and ever more competitive economy.

“Without efficient road transport there cannot be sustainable development as defined in the United Nations Millennium Goals. Governments must therefore put in place policies that facilitate rather than hinder road transport operations if they are to meet their agreed upon economic, social and environmental goals,” the declaration reads.

A strengthened mutual co-operation in road infrastructure and road transport development and the establishment of a sound legal framework governing the facilitation of cross-border and transit transport by road, the declaration states, would enhance economic and trade development all over the world. “This should be accompanied by the removal of non-physical barriers in road transport caused by artificial and bureaucratic formalities blocking road transport in and between countries.”

Governments should renounce policies that aim to shift modal split by hindering road transport, since the growing demand for road transport services is a consequence of economic growth and cannot be decoupled from it. The declaration calls for establishing a sustainable energy policy that duly takes into account that transport is totally dependent on oil and currently has no economically viable alternative source of energy.

“Massive investments in cleaner new road vehicles can bring environmental benefits only if the required fuel quality and additives are made available everywhere,” the declaration states.

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