HGVs

UK weakens HGV driver testing requirements

UK weakens HGV driver testing requirements

The UK government has announced changes to HGV driving tests that have been criticised by the national haulage industry association as a ‘risk to road safety’. The move is an attempt to speed-up recruitment of new lorry drivers in response to an ongoing shortage across Europe, but one that has been compounded in the UK because of Brexit. Under the new plans, drivers will no longer have to pass two separate tests to move from a non-articulated to an articulated lorry.  The requirement for […]

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 fatigued on a regular basis; Nearly 800 drivers said they nearly crashed and caused […]

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 rules. The journalists investigated the main Lithuanian haulage companies, that are also among the […]

ETSC statement on the 2020 EU road death figures

ETSC statement on the 2020 EU road death figures

Commenting on the data on road deaths in 2020 published today by the European Commission, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said: “The EU has a new target for 2030 to reduce deaths and serious injuries by half.  If we are to succeed this time, we need to avoid the mistakes of the past decade.  The EU needs to act now, not wait years before taking action.  Measures agreed in law should also not be weakened during the implementation […]

Berlin, Paris and London demand safer trucks

Berlin, Paris and London demand safer trucks

A group of European cities, including Berlin, Paris and London, have called on their national governments to address truck blind spots that put pedestrians and cyclists’ lives at risk. The cities call for an ambitious direct vision standard for trucks which would greatly improve road safety, particularly for vulnerable road users. This year national governments are due to pass a direct vision standard for trucks at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which should be applied across the European Union from 2026 thanks […]

14 December 2020 – Online Event – How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU?

14 December 2020 – Online Event – How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU?

14 December 2020 – Online Event – How to improve the safety of goods vehicles in the EU? 14:00-15:45 CET – Zoom Webinar Platform This online PIN Talk focused on the safety of goods vehicles in the EU, looking at goods vehicle safety but also the safety of goods vehicle drivers and all other road users. The agenda can be found here. Following welcome addresses from Ellen Townsend, ETSC, and Tjark Kreuzinger, Toyota Motor Europe, there were be presentations on: Findings of the PIN […]

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