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?