The ETF Urban Public Transport Committee (UPTC) was established in 2000, as a joint project of the ETF Road Transport Section and the ETF Railway Section. The impetus was the European Commission proposing an important piece of legislation, the so-called PSO Regulation (Regulation 1370/2007 on public passenger transport by road and rail). This aimed to fundamentally change the organisation of public transport in Europe, which would also transform the conditions for public transport workers.
The ETF urban public transport affiliates felt the need for getting organised at European level and having a strong lobby body to fight this policy. The UPTC brings together trade unions organising workers in public transport companies on both road and rail, whether in private or publicly-owned companies, in all public transport modes: bus, trolley bus, tram, metro, rail or taxis. It meets once a year and is governed by the Chair and the Steering Committee whose members are elected every five years prior to the ETF Congress.
The current composition of the UPTC Steering Committee (2022 – 2027):