THE EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC ON ROAD TRANSPORT

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The pandemic has affected everyone’s lives, both personally and professionally. When it comes to the effects of the pandemic on transport, we can say that it has made its presence felt, with the road freight industry recording a decrease in performance between 20 and 30%, according to the study commissioned by the Commission for Transport and Tourism (TRAN). 

HOW HAS THE PANDEMIC AFFECTED DRIVERS’ LIVES?

Drivers of heavy goods vehicles traveling internationally have suffered especially during the pandemic due to unforeseen traffic bans and trade restrictions.

Uncertainty characterized this period. Many times, drivers had to wait for long periods of time stuck at the borders, which unbalanced their own work schedule and caused losses for transport companies. Thus, the goods being delivered late, and the entire program rethought.

Another stress factor was the many documents needed to complete each transport trip. Collecting, verifying, approving and providing them consuming time and financial resources. 

The production bottlenecks of large companies during the pandemic led to a decrease in the value of the road transport industry in Europe by 6%, according to Transport Intelligence (TI).

All those involved in the road haulage industry had to make further efforts to respond promptly to legislative changes in traffic and to be with the drivers who left the race. 

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC ON THE TRANSPORT INDUSTRY IN ROMANIA?

According to Ziarul Financiar, the transport industry in Romania suffered a decrease of 13% compared to 2019, after it has been in a continuous growth in the last 10 years. Thus, now, the transport industry is worth 43.6 billion lei.

WHAT IS THE FORECAST FOR THE TRANSPORT INDUSTRY IN THE COMING YEARS?

Relaxation of restrictions allows the resumption of production activities and their approach to pre-pandemic normalcy. Thus, according to TI, the road transport industry is expected to grow by an average of 3.4% per year. 

At the same time, the storage of goods will be an ace up their sleeve for those already in the transport industry, as consumers will (continue) prefer to make online purchases which will determine the need to efficiently manage the storage and delivery of stocks. As a result, control of goods and prompt delivery will be ensured and accelerated for transport companies that also offer high-level storage services.

WHAT ARE THE NEXT CHANGES PLANNED FOR THE PERIOD 2021-2024 IN THE TRANSPORT SECTOR?

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions endanger the environment. As a result, new legislation is put in place that penalizes the driving of means of transport even Euro 5 in some areas.

The EU provides financial support to companies to stabilize the economy, providing 30% of funding to those proposing projects anchored in sustainability, ie projects that address ways of doing business with minimal environmental impact.

Therefore, for those in the freight transport industry, internal or external, it is important to focus on reducing CO2 emissions. Here are some methods:

  • Reducing the idle traffic of general or temperature controlled means of transport
  • Choosing the most efficient routes depending on traffic
  • Acquisition of modern means of transport that have the least impact on the environment
OPREAN

The transport and logistics company Oprean is future-oriented and is constantly looking for ways to respond positively to the new economic and climatic conditions. Thus, during the pandemic, although we faced many challenges and losses, we worked as a real team to do our job as well as possible and to be close to our colleagues who left the race. For the future, we are ready to respond in the same professional way to the requirements of our customers and to implement environmentally friendly methods. We always choose quality, and our car fleet consists only of Euro 5 and Euro 6 means of transport, in order to contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions. 

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