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 were important for road safety.
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 of the report directly impact on road safety including: Drivers being forced to rest, […]
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 the rules will apply to some van drivers – something ETSC has long called […]
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 future, which has led it to conclude that the company is not “fit and […]
Instituto Asturiano de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales, Salón de actos, Avda. Cristo de las Cadenas 107, Oviedo 13 February 2019, 8.30 – 13.40 ETSC, Fundacion MAPFRE, and the Asturian Institute for Labor Risk Prevention held a seminar on work related road safety as part of the PRAISE Project. The seminar focused on success stories in relation to fleet and road-related risk management, and featured businesses and experts from across Europe. The full agenda is available to download here as a pdf (in Spanish). Speakers included: Myriam Hernández Fernández, […]
Fundación MAPFRE, Salón de actos, Paseo de Recoletos 23, Madrid 12 February 2019, 9.00 – 14.20 Fundacion MAPFRE, together with ETSC, held a seminar on work related road safety as part of the PRAISE Project. The seminar mainly focused on success stories in relation to fleet and road-related risk management, and featured businesses and experts from across Europe. Speakers included: Julio Domingo, Director of Prevention and Road Safety, Fundación MAPFRE. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director, ETSC Luc Soriau, Director General, ARVAL Francisco Javier Pinilla, Director General, National […]
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin The Road Safety Authority, the Health and Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána and the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on work-related road safety, to be held in Dublin on 31 January. Registration opens at 8.45. The seminar will start at 9.00, finishing at 13.00 followed by a light lunch. On the agenda will be topics to help Irish employers in their day-to-day fleet and work related […]
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 in upcoming negotiations. ETSC warmly welcomed the endorsement by EU ministers of industry of a new […]
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 this month at the ETSC PRAISE conference on work-related road safety. Speaking at the […]
Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees Wednesday 17th October 2018, 09:30 -15:00 Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) held the 8th Annual European PRAISE Conference on work-related road safety in Brussels on 17 October 2018. Using the roads is a necessary part of our working lives. But it’s an ordinary activity that leads to an incredibly high level of injury and death. It is estimated that in Europe six out of ten work accidents […]
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 be honoured at a conference and award ceremony to be held in Brussels today […]
23 May 2018, 0930-1500 Crowne Plaza NEC Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT, UK The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and MiX Telematics organised a seminar on preventing road risk for employees, as part of the ETSC’s PRAISE project. The PRAISE project, “Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees”, addresses road safety risks in the work context. The project was co-funded by the European Commission, and is now supported by the Fundación MAPFRE, the German Road Safety Council (DVR), the Dräger […]
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 agreed on new language that limited a potentially far-reaching exemption for additional training. The […]
Case study: National Vehicle Distribution ETSC’s PRAISE project addresses the safety aspects of driving at work and driving to work. Its aim is to promote best practice in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees. In this case study, Niall McNally, Head of HR and Safety at National Vehicle Distribution, discusses the organisation’s approach to work related road risk and road safety. FACTFILE Company: National Vehicle Distribution Sector: Automotive Logistics Fleet: 350 staff, 135 specialised car transporter trucks.
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 road safety at the core of their business. If your organisation has a road […]