A 2023 ETF survey reached out to over 1300 bus and coach drivers across Europe and found that 80% of drivers would consider leaving the industry if the European Commission moved forward with its proposal to revise driving and rest time rules in coach tourism services.
The issues trade unions and transport workers face are not just Lithuanian but European and therefore require a European solution.
The European Commission is working on a proposal for the revision of driving and rest time rules in occasional passenger transport that could result in more consecutive days of driving and postponement of rest, which will have a negative effect on drivers and road safety.
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.
Today, 21 February, the next set of measures under the Mobility Package enter into force – new rules on cabotage and the ‘return of the vehicle/access to occupation’ rule.