IRU welcomes the rapid progress made by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) towards the conclusion of OmniBUS, a global multilateral agreement on the international regular transport of passengers by coach and bus, paving the way to conclude the work in 2011.
The International Road Transport Union (IRU) welcomes the efficient work carried out by the group of experts entrusted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party on Road Transport (SC.1) with the task of designing and proposing arevised version of the future UNECE OmniBUS Agreement to the UNECE SC.1 meeting, taking place from 29 September to 1 October 2010.
Priority should now be given to intensifying the work, with the participation of all Governments and Parties concerned, in order to finalise the expert work on the text of the future global OmniBUS Agreement in 2011 for adoption by the SC.1 before launching the ratification process.
- harmonising the different types of authorisations required, as well as the applications and granting procedures for those authorisations;
- reducing consultation periods for issuing authorisations;
- harmonising controls and the duration of bilateral and transit authorisations;
- improving services to customers at terminals;
- offering priority treatment to international regular bus and coach services and their customers at borders.
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