EU road transport lagging behind TRACECA
The organisation says that its upgraded IRU Road Transport Indices forecast growth in GDP, transported tonnes and vehicle registrations in TRACECA countries, whereas the EU remains at a standstill.
The IRU Road Transport Indices, an online data source of GDP growth, road freight transport volumes and new vehicle registrations in 51 countries – now including quarterly forecasts for all TRACECA countries, which- show growth in GDP, road transport volumes and vehicle registrations over the past nine months. However, the EU appears to be lagging behind in all parameters.
Comparing TRACECA and EU figures for the first three quarters of 2010 reveals respectively:
• A 1.5% increase in GDP, compared to a 0.6% decrease;
• A 2.3% increase in tonnes transported vs a feeble 0.3% increase; and
• A 2.2% increase in new vehicles registered in comparison to a slight 0.2% increase.
The IRU's head of sustainable development, Jens Hügel, said: 'In the first nine months of 2010, TRACECA countries are forging ahead with the economic recovery, driven by road transport. It also becomes clear that if Europe wants to stay competitive in a globalised economy it must start promoting and further facilitating road transport to expedite economic recovery, as is being done in most all other regions of the world where significant growth is being recorded.'