Trade Unions and Drivers for Safer Roads in Europe

An ETF project on fatigue in bus, coach and truck drivers

Road safety is one of the key priorities of the EU Institutions. For the past decade, the European Commission set the ambitious target to halve the number of road deaths but unfortunately progress made towards this goal has been slow. Keeping roads safe is largely dependent on the working and rest conditions of professional truck, bus and coach drivers.

Today, the driver’s profession is more stressful and dangerous than it once was. Roads are busier, schedules are tighter, less time for rest and longer hours on the road. Fatigue makes it harder for them to maintain vigilance, alertness and decision-making capacity in traffic, and this impairs their ability to drive freight and passengers safely to their destination.

Despite this reality, there has been no EU-wide study of driver fatigue for over 15 years.

That is why in January 2020, in cooperation with EVA Akademie, the ETF started an eighteen-month EU-funded project. The purpose of the project is to build capacity among the ETF member organisations to address driver fatigue in passenger and freight transport, with their members, with policy-makers, and companies.

The German research institute wmp consult has been working along with the ETF to develop a fatigue study in bus, coach and haulage transport. The methodology included extensive desk research, a survey covering over 2600 respondents, and targeted interviews with academics, drivers and union representatives. The project funded three workshops, with participation of road inspectorates, experts in occupational fatigue and road safety.

Empowering the ETF and trade unions to raise awareness on driver fatigue is now crucial and to this end, one of the key outcomes of the project is a toolkit containing leaflets addressed to drivers, road users and policy makers.

For further information about the project and its activities, please contact the ETF Secretariat at road@etf-europe.org and our project partner EVA Akademie at almut.spittel@eva-akademie.de.

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 With financial support from the European Union

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