Ending Driver Fatigue: A Matter of Road Safety

27 May 2021

Ending Driver Fatigue: A Matter of Road Safety will bring together EU policy makers, road safety experts and trade union representatives to discuss the implications of ETF’s shocking study on the link between driver fatigue and poor working conditions in passenger and freight road transport.

ETF’s study will be out on 3/06, but in the meantime, please find our teaser.

The first hour of the conference on Friday 4 June will be dedicated to a Q&A with journalists, and each panel will end with a debate where panellists will respond to questions.

Conference Programme


Thursday 3 June, 9:30 – 16:00
Friday 4 June, 9:00 – 13:00


Please register by filling out this form and sending it to mandy.richter@eva-akademie.de


As the EU embarks on its Road Safety Policy Framework 2021-2030 – Next steps towards ‘Vision Zero’, the ETF is raising the issue of driver fatigue, its impact on road safety and the effective enforcement of the Mobility Package.

During the conference, the ETF will present its policy recommendations based on the findings of their study, the first EU-wide study on the topic in 15 years, Trade Unions and Drivers for Safer Roads in Europe – Driver Fatigue in European Road Transport.

Long hours for low wages, unpredictable hours, poor conditions and vehicles, bad sleep and rest facilities. 2861 truck and bus and coach drivers gave the ETF direct insight into their harsh reality. These poor working conditions add up to driver fatigue, endanger driver and road user safety, and increase the risk for accidents.

While it is widely accepted that driver fatigue poses a major risk to the road safety of all road users, measures taken among employers and at the European policy and legislative level to tackle the challenge of driver fatigue for professional drivers are insufficient.

The lack of attention to this issue can have fatal consequences for road safety and will be detrimental to achieving “Vision Zero”.

To change this outlook, cooperation between trade unions and policy makers is essential, which is why ETF is leading the change with hard evidence from their study to put drivers’ well-being at the core of road safety.


Roberto Parrillo, Chair of ETF Road Transport Section; Cristina Tilling, Head of ETF Land department; and Members of the ETF Road Transport Section Steering Committee

About the ETF

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) is a pan-European trade union organisation of more than 200 transport unions from the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Central and Eastern Europe, representing over 5 million transport workers in 40 European countries. We believe transport workers deserve dignity and fair working conditions. Our work is driven by our vision for Fair Transport: quality jobs for transport workers and a safe, reliable and affordable service for users.


For more information, please contact:
Begüm Boynukalin, ETF Communications Officer
Mobile Phone: (+32) 478 79 40 53
Email: b.boynukalin@etf-europe.org