The Professional Driver World Championship 2020 postponed by 12 months.
The Professional Driver World Championship 2020 postponed by 24 months to August 2022
Press release for the postponing of the UICR PDWC 2020 to 2022
The Union of International Chauffeurs and Routiers (UICR), in conjunction with a Host Nation, organise the most prestigious event in the Professional Drivers calendar, the Professional Driver World Championships. The biannual event sees Professional Drivers from across the globe compete in knowledge, driving skill and economic driving technique, competitions to be crowned World Champions.
Countries run their national qualifying competitions and select teams to compete for their country in six different categories, van, rigid, truck and drag, articulated and coach. The economic driving competition is conducted in fully laden articulated vehicles. The competition vehicles are supplied, and drivers get an opportunity of familiarizing themselves with them before they compete. […]
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The Professional Driver World Championship 2020 postponed by 12 months
UICR (Union Internationale des Chauffeurs Routiers) had to postpone the Professional Driver World Championship 2020 by 12 months due to the COVID-19
Due to concerns given to completing the members’ domestic professional driver competitions in these unprecedented times, the UICR working group have examined the options for this year’s Professional Driver World Championship competitions and the following deliberation and considering everybody’s health and wellbeing – the decisions were made to postpone the event until 2021 due to the Covid 19 Pandemic with the following statement:
UICR and Sindikat Hrvatskog Vozača announced on April 7, 2020, the postponement of their flagship team competition, the Professional Driver World Championship, to be held in August this year in Zagreb, Croatia.
The health of everyone involved in the competition is a priority and to avoid unnecessary pressure on the national public services involved in the running of the competition.
Now that decision has been finalized, it will help the national member competitions to be rescheduled in the interest of everybody involved.
Press release from the UICR President Robert Kastner
8th April 2020
For only the second time in its eighty-year history, the World Professional Driver Championships to be held in Zagreb in August 2020 has had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 global crisis.
The President of the Union Internationale des Chauffeurs Routiers (UICR) Robert Kastner and the President of Sindikat Hrvatskog Vozača (SHV) Miljenko Gočin, the organizing body of the 2020 UICR Professional Driver World Championship in Zagreb, had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the event and reschedule it in August 2021.
Over thirty-two countries teams have been making preparations to compete in 2020. However, President Kastner and President Gočin expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The significant impact it is having globally was a major cause of concern for team preparations for the Professional Driver World Championship 2020 in Zagreb.
All parties took into consideration the enormous efforts of the Sindikat Hrvatskog Vozača, staff and volunteers to stage 2020 Professional Driver World Championship in Zagreb; however, President Kastner said: “the safety of all members of the UICR family and the wider community, as well as the fairness of the competition, take priority.”
The leaders agreed that the Professional Driver World Championship in Zagreb could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and the Professional Driver World Championship will be hosted in Zagreb, Croatia in 2021.
A statement issued jointly by UICR, the governing body the Sindikat Hrvatskog Vozača.