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.
The UK government relaxation of driving time rules is a step in the wrong direction and will only make the driver shortage worse, threaten road safety and undermine working conditions in road haulage
ETF study “Driver Fatigue in European Road Transport” hits the mark in more ways than one and provides constructive insight and recommendations to improve drivers’ working conditions and eliminate driver fatigue.
Fatigue in professional drivers is the norm on European roads and directly linked to their notoriously poor working conditions, according to a new study by the European Transport Workers’ Federation, the first EU-wide study in 15 years, on driver fatigue in passenger and freight road transport.
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.
The EU must keep the legal framework on driving and rest time rules in bus and coach as it is. Any changes would fail to improve working conditions in the sector and negatively impact the safety of drivers, passengers, and all other road users.
The ETF study on fatigue and the survey results gained a new dimension with testimonials and input received from drivers and experts during two workshops on driver fatigue in passenger and freight transport.
ETF is committed to making road safety a reality. That’s why we’re publishing the preliminary results of our survey of truck, bus, and coach drivers which uncovered their direct experiences, their views on the causes of fatigue, its consequences and the most effective countermeasures. Discover our teaser on driver fatigue.