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Is the industry making truckers’ lives easier?

Is the industry making truckers’ lives easier?

New rules focusing on truck drivers’ employment have been agreed by the Council of Europe to make the job more attractive.

By approving EC proposals to reform the road transport sector, there will be a number of changes affecting the role. These include new stipulations on working conditions; drivers from lower wage countries being paid the same as drivers in higher-paid countries if posted there for a set period of time; and better enforcement of driving regulations.

Speaking about the ruling, Norbert Hofer, Austria’s minister for transport, innovation and technology said the agreement was about “providing fairer rules for drivers and transport companies, and greater efficiency for national control authorities.”

He continued: “Professional drivers will benefit from better working conditions and companies operating across different member states gain from greater legal certainty and less red tape.”

The Council of Europe agreed that all trucks moving goods across Europe’s internal borders have to be fitted with smart tachographs by the end of 2024. By registering when trucks cross borders, this will help localise loading and unloading.

Drivers will no longer be able to sleep in cabs, but will use hotels instead and companies must arrange work schedules so drivers can return home at least once a month.

This is clearly a move in the right direction, but does it go far enough? What else would help make truck drivers’ lives easier?

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  1. The EU Mobility Package will make truckers’ lives worse, not better, don’t take my word for it:

    Frank Moreels, ETF President: “When the patient has diarrhoea, you don’t prescribe a laxative! After the worker abuse scandals we’ve seen in European road transport, we clearly need better enforcement of existing rules – not a botched compromise that makes the rules even more flexible. Just before the European elections, this kind of behaviour is a danger for public belief in the European Union.”

    Roberto Parillo, ETF Road Section President: “The European Parliament twice rejected Mobility Package proposals, because MEPs listened to workers concerns. We have always been constructive and open to a decent compromise, but we cannot accept a deal that massively reduces drivers’ quality of life, legalises social dumping, and endangers all road users. Now the proposals are worse than ever, and we have to say STOP. We would rather see the Council fail to reach an agreement than pass a dangerous deal.”

    Eduardo Chagas, ETF General Secretary: “The ETF does not understand the rush to reach an agreement which risks a clear decline in the drivers’ quality of work and life. It took two attempts to get a good proposal on the horizontal posting of workers directive. And the second time, it worked. The Mobility Package needs another attempt. Too much is at stake to give in to a compromise that will be so damaging in practice.”

  2. No sleeping in cabs, drivers to sleep in hotels? Most firms begrudge paying night out money, so who pays for night out and the hotel bill? How many hotels have the space to park a 15 meter rig, (in England)? Sleeper cabs also have the benefit of partial security for the load.

  3. Sleep in a hotel ?. Does that mean they will all have to do driver c p c ! And all the same wage ye like to see that happen. We be on the same as the Dutch don’t think so that’s why they use all the polish company’s .

  4. Will it get rid of the crap drivers,from many EU country’s. No sleeper cabs,where are you going to park your truck.

  5. How do you establish the “same”wage…we all earn different rates within one country as it is??
    I can imagine all the hotels loving a bunch of truck drivers turning up one evening ?


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