Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are vital to the future sustainability of the transport sector. With a focus on increasing road safety and tackling Europe’s growing emission and congestion problems, they can make transport safer, more efficient, and more sustainable by applying various information and communication technologies to all modes of passenger and freight transport. Moreover, the integration of existing technologies can create new services. ITS are key to support jobs and growth in the transport sector of the future.

Transport companies across Europe have been widely anticipating the outcome and decision on the new regulatory package that will fundamentally change the rules of the transport market.

Despite women occupying over 45% of all jobs in the EU, the percentage of women working in the transport sector is substantially less with numbers as low as 13% of the jobs in the road transport sector for example currently occupied by females. These numbers indicate the extent of the challenge that the transport sector faces in attracting more women to the many skilled and less skilled positions available despite the number of benefits that women bring to the workplace.

When the agreed Brexit transition period between the UK and Europe comes to an end on the 31st December 2020, the UK will no longer form any part of the EU tax regime, unless in the very unlikely event that both sides decide and agree to extend the transition period.

In recent years there have been significant developments in the world of tolls and traffic charges on a Pan-European level.

As part of our series of articles relating to Digital Transformation, Vrio has carried out a survey of over 200 UK & Irish National & International Transport Companies about the issue of “Connected Vehicles”. Overall, the results of the survey show that the majority of respondents had previously heard of connected-vehicles technology; however, most had a neutral or negative initial opinion of the technology.

As an industry, goods have been passing from one establishment to another based on a physical signature for centuries, in fact, the first proof of delivery has been traced back as far as 1685. Despite the digital revolution and the technology that we currently have at our disposal, not a lot has changed since then in terms of how goods are transferred through the supply chain, with many companies still using paper and ink to validate the delivery and reception of goods.

The road is often overlooked when discussing the future development and digital transformation of the modern transport infrastructure. Afterall, we have all heard of connected cars, self-driving cars, gps navigation, route optimization apps and ride-hailing services. You would be forgiven for thinking how the common road fits into this digital revolution, as it turns out, the road itself can be a platform for an amazing array of innovations.

When movement restrictions were first announced across Europe due to the coronavirus outbreak, e-commerce was singled out as the big winner. Although it might have seemed an obvious prediction at the time, the situation surrounding the outbreak also raised concerns among some experts that the whole e-commerce structure could collapse due to the unprecedented demand with consumers being left no choice but to shop online.

It is expected that alternative fuels will play a more and more prominent role in the decade to come in view of the EU objectives of gradually substituting fossil fuels with fuels of renewable origin, growth and jobs, competitiveness, transport decarbonisation and the diversification of the energy sources. However, there is currently a lack of attractiveness of fuel alternatives for consumers and businesses, and no clear market signals with regards to the potential of the different new alternative fuels. For instance, alternative fuel vehicles only represented 3.4% of the European car fleet in 2012. That number has risen steadily to around 7% in 2019 but the use of alternative fuels in heavy duty vehicles and maritime and aviation modes is still negligible.