Update on the acceptance of double-manning in the European Union – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

26/03/2020 by walter

The European Union Update on the acceptance of double-manning in the EU – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Specific rules are applied in France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal where a social distance of 1 meter must be respected.

In for the Long Haul

08/04/2020 by

04/08/2020 Circle K Demonstrate their commitment and recognition of the work of the country’s professional HGV drivers.

Amendments to Drivers Rest Periods Agreed


04/08/2020    (Reuters) – European Union countries adopted new rules for truck drivers’

Professional Drivers fall victim to COVID-19

10/04/2020 by walter

Professional Drivers fall victim to COVID-19

UICR (Union Internationale des Chauffeurs Routiers) had to postpone the Professional Driver World Championship 2020 by 12 months due to the COVID-19



Health and Safety at Garda Checkpoints – COVID-19

17/04/2020 by walter

An Garda Síochána wish to thank the professional drivers on their continued co-operation and support during the COVID-19 crisis. However, there is a safety concern over the movement of these essential goods across the country as the Government restrictions continue.

Automobile assembly and production plants in Europe

06/05/2020 by walter

298 automobile assembly and engine production plants operate in Europe today, according to freshly-updated data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Cars, vans, trucks, buses and engines are manufactured at these factories, 196 of which are situated within the European Union (EU27).

Common rulebook on automated driving gets go-ahead

26/06/2020 by walter

More than 50 countries, including Japan, South Korea and the EU member states, have agreed on common regulations for vehicles that can take over some driving functions, including having a mandatory black box, the UN announced Thursday, June 25th 2020

UK, how driving in flip flops could land you a £5,000 fine, NINE penalty points

30/06/2020 by walter

While driving in flip flops isn’t illegal in itself, wearing them could lead to a careless driving charge if they impede your ability to drive safely.

UK – HGV Road User Levy suspended to help hauliers during pandemic

02/07/2020 by walter

The Treasury has suspended the HGV Road User Levy for a year to help hauliers recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 12-month suspension,

Turn Assist System for All Trucks

03/07/2020 by walter

Turn Assist System for All Trucks – Continental Makes Roads Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists

Rescue/Emergency Lane is also MANDATORY in Belgium

22/07/2020 by walter

Until now, there was no law in Belgium that road users must make room for ambulances in the event of traffic jams on multi-lane roads. This is will change from October.

Storm Francis Warning

24/08/2020 by
Road Safety Alert – Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings Issued for Storm Francis   The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads over the next few days as Met Eireann has issued an Orange and Yellow weather warnings for heavy rain and a Yellow Weather Warning for […]

UICR Professional Driver World Champiosnship 2020

27/08/2020 by walter

Today it’s a pleasant 28 degrees in Zagreb.

If only they didn’t cancel the World Professional Driver Championships, Team Ireland would be making their final adjustments to their world title challenge.

Professional Driver World Championship

All NDLS centres are currently closed

06/04/2020 by


All National Driver Licence Service centres in the Republic of Ireland are currently closed.

Please see latest on closures and extension of validity of licences.



UK Driver CPC Changes

03/04/2020 by

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: changes to professional driver requirements in the UK.

Circle K Professional Driver Services

31/03/2020 by

Circle K have provided a list of their company owned service stations which are providing 24/7 cover for professional drivers.

Important notice on Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) During Covid-19 Out break

26/03/2020 by walter

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 crisis, professional bus and truck drivers may encounter some difficulty in undertaking their annual CPC training at the current time.

Drivers can help to stop the spread of viruses with this simple technique

25/03/2020 by

You can help to stop the spread of the covid-19 virus by washing your hands properly.

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes

23/03/2020 by walter

Today, the Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic.

Updated situation in France – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

by walter

Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – an updated situation in France

The French Government has issued a map to inform truck drivers on the service stations which are open and which offer essential services (such as sanitary facilities and take away restaurants). This map also gives information on which vehicle technical centres are open.

Source: AFTRI


EU Green Lanes – EU Internal Border Crossing

by walter

EU 15-minute fast track lanes for trucks at borders

To unblock Europe’s main arteries, the EU Commission created EU Green Lanes (fast lanes) for commercial vehicles carrying all types of goods and passengers.

Supporting Professional Drivers

20/03/2020 by

Is it time to call the for support for the recognition of the role of the professional driver. Are professional drivers the invisible front line workers.

COVID-19: Drivers in the road transport industry need concrete action from the EU

by walter
In view of the ongoing crisis and its effect on drivers in the road transport industry, and the lack of response to their dire situation in the communication of yesterday’s Council of Transport Ministers meeting, the ETF has addressed a statement to the Commissioner for Transport, Adina-Ioana Vălean in which the ETF urges the European Commission and the Member States to adopt an emergency action plan for truck drivers before our drivers fall subject to a humanitarian and health crisis in Europe.


Relaxation of Drivers Hours

18/03/2020 by barry lyons

Drivers Hours regulations have been temporally relaxed in a number of EU States.

Current Relaxation Periods as of the 18th March 2020

Ireland 18th March to 16th April 2020
Bulgaria 19th March to 13th April 2020
Romania 18th March to 16th April 2020
Sweden 16th March to 14th April 2020
Denmark 13th March to 22nd March 2020

Caffeine May Cause Sleepiness In Truck Drivers

20/03/2020 by barry lyons

Truck drivers are vulnerable to driver sleepiness due to pressures of shift work and prolonged driving hours; this is a safety concern as sleepiness more than doubles crash risk. Excessive intake of caffeine can cause sleep disruption leading to driver fatigue.

Covid-19 Commission Guidelines

17/03/2020 by barry lyons

EU Commission Guidelines on Covid-19 of interest to Professional drivers

Professional Drivers…. Your Country Needs You

15/03/2020 by

Professional Drivers must take care of their health. At this particular time, all countries need to have trucks supplying essential supplies to hospitals, supermarkets and factories.

Drivers Beware of CBD Oils

18/03/2020 by

CBD oils can have traces of psychoactive THC, which may cause a driver to test positive for drugs at a roadside check. Professional drivers need to understand the consequences of taking any form of dietary supplement.

UICR Meeting Switzerland

02/01/2020 by barry lyons

The UICR are an active body working to support the role of the professional driver. At a recent meeting in Switzerland they confirmed the support of the Professional drivers Register.

World Professional Championships Croatia 2020

31/12/2019 by
Every two year, the Union Internationale des Chauffeurs Routiers (UICR) holds the Professional Driver World Championship. This event was held 42 times in the past and every time in a different UICR Member Country. This event is the only international skills, talent and safe driving of truck, bus/coach and van competition event for professional drivers […]

EPDA Driver Register

26/12/2019 by

Driver Register Gets Green Light at UICR Strategic Meeting in Switzerland.

The Mobility Package is Not yet Adopted or Agreed


The Ministers of Transport of the 28 Member States (the “Council of Ministers”) and the European Parliament have each reached their own positions on changes to the mobility package. In December 2019 they will get together again to start negotiating the final deal.