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.

The following report details the new commercial vehicle registration in January 2020. A summary of the statistics focusing on new LCV and HCV vehicle registrations across Europe and in the UK. The report focuses specifically on LCVs up to 3.5t and HCVs over 16t and does not take into account passenger transport of any type.

The Department for Transport (DfT) in the United Kingdom has announced a major funding package of over £100 million in improvements to the UK road network.

The United Kingdom and the European Union have entered into a Brexit transition phase that currently keeps the UK within the EU Single Market and Custom´s Union. For Vrio customers that means that there will be no changes applied to current rules around:

Similar to the Macron Law in France, new legislation will soon come into force in Holland which regulates the salary conditions of workers including those that enter the country on a temporary basis; if your drivers travel to Holland then this might mean you.
Vrio has been working hard to ensure that our European Minimum Wages service is ready to manage the requirements for our customers who travel to and through Holland ensure that you are kept on the move with nos unnecessary hold-ups.