ESTA is the leading European association for the abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry.

COVID-19 news and updates

INFORMATION SOURCES: Many ESTA members, supporters and publishers are providing regular COVID-19 updates:

- IRU’s COVID19 Information Hub is here

- KHL’s rolling COVID-19 coverage is here

- Latest information from ESTA German member BSK is here

- A live COVID-19 blog from ESTA Dutch member TLN is here

- UK-specific advice can be found on the website of ESTA member CPA here

Recommendations for Freight Drivers COVID-19

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has issued Recommendations for Freight Drivers during the COVID-19 situation. As we know our membership is trying to maintain their vital services while paying full attention for the health and safety of their personnel. In view of this, we share these IRU recommendations with you for the benefit of our members’ crane and transport companies and their drivers.

IRU monitoring border crossings in COVID19 updates

July 8, 2020

With the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to evolve, IRU is closely monitoring the status of border crossings in affected areas around the world thanks to the global IRU member network. The IRU website contains a document here  n the updated situation on national/international transport of passengers and goods in affected regions of the world. 

All information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on IRU dedicated webpage here

COVID-19 LATEST: IRU calls for wide-ranging road transport industry support


IRU invited key EU enforcement organisations – CORTE, Euro Control Route and the European Roads Policing Network, as well as the European Transport Workers’ Federation - to work together.

Our goal: create best practices for an efficient enforcement as long as temporary restrictions on the movement of people and goods remain in place. 

We agreed on five rules for efficient enforcement in the aftermath of COVID-19, published in a joint statement .

The certificate for international professional drivers was included in the Schengen Handbook, to be used whenever internal borders are introduced, for example in case of another health crisis. This will give legal certainty and formal recognition to passenger and goods vehicle drivers, meaning they will not be required to provide new documents. Border control authorities will implement the certificate into their instruction manuals.

More than 2,500 drivers have downloaded the Galileo app to monitor green lane effectiveness at 80 internal EU border crossings in 25 countries. Thanks again to all members who helped test this valuable tool. 

We are monitoring an expected decision today by the Council on further opening EU internal borders (beyond green lane border crossings) in an organised way, which will have an impact on road transport as well.


Read full update here

April 29, 2020: The International Road Transport Union (IRU) is calling on governments to ramp up efforts to support road transport operators so they can drive broader financial and social recovery. Road transport services underpin all economic activity, but goods transport operator revenues have declined by up to 40% during the COVID-19 crisis. 

“All over the world, commercial road transport companies, including millions of small and medium-sized firms, are struggling” said Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General. “Operator bankruptcies will put the recovery of an entire economy at risk.” 

Full story is here

Supply chain assistance essential, says IRU

April 7, 2020: IRU and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have together called on governments and international bodies to ensure international supply and mobility chains remain connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their statement includes requests for transport workers to be regarded as key workers, for the safety and well-being of those involved in cross-border logistics to be guaranteed and for urgent financial assistance for the road tansport industry, especially smaller companies. More here

FEM’s De Vuyst calls on EU leaders to protect industry

April 6, 2020: In an open letter, FEM President Jos De Vuyst calls on EU and national leaders to take all the necessary measures to preserve industrial capacity and enable the European materials handling industry to keep supply chains operating. Full story is here

IRU COVID-19 recommendations

Video Message regarding COVID-19 by IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto

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