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Delivery drivers and riders could gain better health and safety protection under EU proposals

Delivery drivers and riders could gain better health and safety protection under EU proposals

The European Commission wants labour regulations in future to be based on the assumption that workers for online ‘digital platforms’ are employees, and are not ‘falsely misclassified’ as self-employed, according to new proposals published this month. This could result in millions of workers for so-called gig economy platforms such as Uber and Deliveroo receiving the same guarantees as employees on health and safety, sick pay and working hours, with knock-on […]

ETSC partners on new project looking at assessment methods for ‘fitness to drive’

ETSC partners on new project looking at assessment methods for ‘fitness to drive’

A new EU-funded research project, named ‘Panacea’, involving 16 partner organisations across Europe, will look at real time assessment methods for fitness to drive among professional drivers. The project will trial new technologies and systems with city bus drivers in Sweden, taxi drivers and courier riders in Greece and truck and coach drivers in Spain. The wide-ranging three-year project aims to develop a system that monitors fitness to drive before […]

One third of lorry drivers report falling asleep at the wheel

One third of lorry drivers report falling asleep at the wheel

Fatigue among professional drivers is now the norm on European roads, according to a new study by the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the first EU-wide study in 15 years on driver fatigue in passenger and freight road transport. The report, based on a survey of around 3000 truck, bus and coach drivers found that: 60% of truck drivers and 66% of bus and coach drivers said they had to drive while […]

Lithuanian investigation reveals dangerous practices in long-haul road transport sector

A television documentary distributed online by a team of investigative journalists into appalling working practices in the largest Lithuanian international haulage companies has provoked widespread news coverage and urgent discussions in the Lithuanian parliament and government. Poor working conditions for lorry drivers have come under the spotlight repeatedly in recent years, with organisations including the European Transport Workers Federation calling for urgent action, legal reform and better enforcement of existing […]

German state minister calls for driving time rules for vans

German state minister calls for driving time rules for vans

The interior minister of the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, Sabine Sütterlin-Waack, has called for the introduction of driving and rest time rules for van drivers in line with existing rules for lorries. The minister’s call for action followed a rise in fatal collisions involving vans in the state in the past year.  More than one in three injury collisions in the state were caused by vans, according to reports. […]

How will the future UK-EU relationship impact road safety?

How will the future UK-EU relationship impact road safety?

The transition period is over and a deal has been done.  What will the implications be for road safety regulation and cooperation now that the UK has left the EU and a new trade deal has been signed? The biggest changes are where no agreement was reached and/or EU rules no longer apply to the UK. The EU legislation on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences no longer applies, meaning the […]

UK government will only buy five star Euro NCAP-rated cars

UK government will only buy five star Euro NCAP-rated cars

New mandatory public procurement guidelines issued by the UK government require central government departments and their related organisations to purchase vehicles with a minimum of a valid five star Euro NCAP safety rating. The welcome move is the first European national government-wide procurement policy that ETSC is aware of that requires the five star rating.  A 2017 ETSC report on work-related road safety highlighted the examples of the Finnish Transport […]

Spain to reduce drink-driving limits further

Spain to reduce drink-driving limits further

The Spanish government is planning to lower the drink-driving limit for professional and novice drivers to 0.2 g/l – down from 0.3 g/l. The move would bring Spain into line with several other countries – as it is currently the only country with a 0.3 g/l limit for any class of driver.  In Europe, novice and professional drivers are often subject to lower limits than other drivers – and many […]

UK position on driving hours and digital tachographs criticised

UK position on driving hours and digital tachographs criticised

The EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has criticised the UK government for refusing to accept EU rules on working time and digital tachographs for UK lorries driving in EU Member States.   He was speaking following the latest Brexit negotiations round earlier this month.  Mr Barnier said allowing UK drivers to follow different rules would undermine the single market and be unfair to EU Member States.  He underlined that the rules […]

Exploitative conditions for lorry drivers during lockdown revealed by union investigation

Exploitative conditions for lorry drivers during lockdown revealed by union investigation

Some road transport companies have taken advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to further exploit truck drivers, degrade working conditions, health and safety across Europe, an investigation by a coalition of union organisations including ITF, the international road transport workers union, has found.    The investigation revealed that transport companies are, in particular, exploiting the lack of checks and controls by enforcement authorities during the pandemic. A number of the concerning findings […]

Van drivers on international routes will need tachographs under EU deal on driving and resting times

Van drivers on international routes will need tachographs under EU deal on driving and resting times

International transport operators using light goods vehicles of over 2.5 t will be subject to EU rules for driving and resting times, and their vehicles will need to be fitted with tachographs, according to a provisional EU deal on updated transport regulations. Currently only heavy goods vehicle and coach drivers are required to use tachographs and respect strict limits on driving and resting times.  The change marks the first time […]

Regulator says Uber’s license to operate taxis in London will be withdrawn on safety grounds

Regulator says Uber’s license to operate taxis in London will be withdrawn on safety grounds

Transport for London (TfL) has said it will not grant Uber a new taxi operator’s licence which could lead to the service being suspended. TfL said it had identified a “pattern of failures” by the company including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk. Despite Uber having addressed some of these issues, TfL said it does not have confidence that similar issues will not reoccur in the […]

EU Member States give a mixed response to road safety proposals

EU Member States give a mixed response to road safety proposals

Industry and transport ministers from the 28 EU Member States have set out their official responses to three key pieces of road safety legislation.  ETSC welcomed the position of the Council of the EU on new vehicle safety measures but is worried that new rules on road infrastructure safety management and revised professional driver working hour regulations will be weakened unless the European Parliament argues successfully for a stronger position […]

Gig economy workers face “perfect storm” of risk factors

Gig economy workers face “perfect storm” of risk factors

A study of safety issues and worker rights in the so-called gig economy has warned that workers paid per delivery are being incentivised to drive in adverse weather conditions and late at night while being penalised when packages are late or cannot be delivered due to sickness. The research, co-authored by Heather Ward of University College London (and co-chair of ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme), was presented earlier […]

ETSC announces 2018 fleet safety award winners

ETSC announces 2018 fleet safety award winners

ETSC has announced the 2018 winners of the PRAISE awards, in recognition of outstanding efforts taken by companies to improve road safety at work. The large company award goes to CTT, the Portuguese postal services company.  In the same category, FM Conway, the UK-based infrastructure services company was highly commended. The award for a public authority this year is awarded to STIB-MIVB, the Brussels public transport company. The winners will […]

Transport ministers sign-off on new lorry and bus driver training rules

Transport ministers sign-off on new lorry and bus driver training rules

EU Transport Ministers have formally agreed on new rules governing driver licensing and additional professional training for lorry and bus drivers. Ministers voted in April to approve a deal reached with negotiators from the European Parliament in December last year.  Ahead of the December negotiations, ETSC had expressed concerns about a proposed amendment from the European Parliament that could have severely weakened the scope of the rules.  Fortunately, the negotiators […]

ETSC is on the lookout for companies leading on road safety at work

ETSC is on the lookout for companies leading on road safety at work

What have Johnson & Johnson, Transport for London, Arriva Denmark, Unilever Poland, Bolk Transport and British Telecom got in common? These organisations all know that taking a lead on road safety pays off – helping the bottom line, improving working conditions for staff, and boosting customer satisfaction. What’s more, they are all previous winners of a PRAISE award – for European organisations, large and small, that have committed to putting […]

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