A parking lot visit in Madrid confirmed that the Mobility Package rules are still not correctly enforced and implemented and that flexibility in rules is not the answer to driver shortage in freight and passenger road transport.
The European Commission has clearly indicated that it will propose more flexible rules for the bus & coach sector – despite an alarming shortage of drivers and levels of driver fatigue – not on ETF’s watch!
The TRACE 2 Consortium kicks off project: TRACE 2 aims at developing content that can serve as a reliable common reference base for authorities and enforcers, as well as for drivers and transport undertakings.
Container hotels are just that: containers built for drivers to sleep in – assimilating professional drivers to the goods they transport. For the ETF, the concept is yet another way for transport companies to circumvent EU law.
The ETF takes the lead in campaigning for a non-discriminatory application of EU legislation to all bus, coach and truck drivers working on the territory of the EU, no matter their origin.
Through robust control and regulation, the Mobility Package’s new rules on posting can directly address key issues in road transport; such as wage dumping and unfair competition.
Implementation of EU Mobility Package’s lags far behind – the ETF starts its campaign for enforcement as of today.
Europe faces a systematic shortage of HGV drivers – thanks to a sector defined by low pay and poor conditions. The only answer to the current crisis is moving the road transport sector to one where drivers are paid fairly and work under good conditions, protected by fair rules.
July 8 marks the day the European Parliament adopted the Mobility Package one year ago, which sets out new rules on professional drivers’ working conditions in EU freight and passenger road transport.