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.
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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: changes to professional driver requirements in the UK.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
EU Commission Guidelines on Covid-19 of interest to Professional drivers
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.
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.
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.
Driver Register Gets Green Light at UICR Strategic Meeting in Switzerland.
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.