As the sector slowly picks up after the pandemic, the ETF study on “Social Conditions in Bus and Coach Transport in Europe” explores what it needs to become more attractive and recall and retain skilled drivers.
Driver shortage, drivers with an average age of above 50, less and less people willing to work in the sector. Downward pressure due to liberalisation. Employment of third country drivers vulnerable to exploitation. What lies behind these longstanding issues and what’s the way forward?
ETF puts forward solutions:
– Better levels of pay
– Working conditions
– Access to benefits
The policy recommendations championed by the ETF to tackle the sector’s problems include:
For the European Commission: refrain from revising driving and rest time rules for bus and coach – this will only bring down an already deteriorating sector.
For EU Member States: investment in enforcement and control capacities as well as a sound national legal base for broad collective bargaining coverage in the sector.
Moreover, in addition to this study on Bus & Coach, the ETF study on driver fatigue provides key insight into how to improve the sector – both studies should be placed at the core of all future policy initiatives.
There is no future for bus and coach across Europe without its drivers – it’s time for a change in the right direction!