Workforce report 2017 from DEKRA (10/30/2017)

The qualification analysis based on more than 13900 job offers was presented by DEKRA on October 18, 2017 on a conference in Brussels.

KEP (Courier, Express, Package)-drivers are the backbone of the last mile:

Today click on „confirm“ and next day your delivery man will ring the doorbell. Last year approximately 2,3 billion packages went on their way to their clients. Until a package can be delivered at the door, it takes a lot of fine-tuned processes in the background. IT is taking an important role in it, but in the last mile it is still the humans who take over the most important tasks. The activity as a delivery agent is often demanding, that is why employers in Courier, Express and Package services watch for personal characteristics during the employment process. Reliable candidates who can work under pressure and have good manners have a better chance to find a job quickly.

Most important tasks and experience:

  • Load safety, loading and unloading vehicles (25.5%)
  • Generla knowledge of roads and places (10.1%)
  • Computer, scanners and mobile devices skills (7.6%)

Most important soft skills of KEP drivers

  • Reliability, accuracy, on schedule (57.9%)
  • Exercise capacity (47.1%)
  • Positive appearance, manners (30.6%)

Growth in the workforce

  • Transport + 4.6%, growth in KEP industry reuqires more drivers
  • Service: cosmetics, cleaning + 7.5%.
  • Office: administrative processes + 1.6%. Highest increase since data collection
  • Production: Increase 14.9%
  • Manufacture: Booming Industry searches production employees
  • Development: IT + 6.5%.
  • Consultants: Health and social management as well as legal consultants

SAP experts: Between strategie and technology

More than 350’000 companies around the world use SAP software to manage and supervise their processes in real time. Who can use this software – as a consultant, developer or user – has a better chance in the job market.

Hygiene Management

They are everywhere. Micro-organsim. On hands, on all surfaces. They are a danger, especially for older people and other people with a weak immune system. Each individual is responsible, that there is no transfer of micro-organsim to other people.


All sources: DEKRA Akademie 2017



Annual ESPORG conference (10/30/2017)

The European Secure Parking Organisation ESPORG hosted their annual conference on October 19, 2017 in Brussels. UICR’s president, Robert Kastner attended this conference as secure parking is a very important issue for our drivers.

The participants welcomed the support from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council for parking operators to create safe and secure parking places for trucks. Bearing in mind that the Member States of the European Union have to establish secure truck parkings every 100 km on Europe’s motorways by 2020.

UICR will continue to support initiatives to reach the goal of 2020. We firmly believe that this will create more attractive working conditions for our drivers.

presentation of conference



Michael Nielsen, new ESPORG president


European Day without a Road Death (8/25/2017)

In 2017, for the second year in a row, project EDWARD – the European Day without a Road Death will take place on 21 September during the European Mobility Week.

The objective of this initiative, launched by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) and supported by the European Commission, is that no one should die on the roads of Europe on 21 September. In the days leading up to EDWARD, we want all road users to think – even for just a few minutes – about the risks they face, the risks they may pose to others and how they can go about reducing those risks. We believe that EDWARD can make a significant contribution towards further reducing road deaths and serious road traffic injuries.

Whether you represent a national government, a private organisation, a public agency, a charity, a school, college or university, or whether you simply care as an individual, please join us and organise Road Safety Days across Europe and register them on Furthermore, you can make a commitment by signing a pledge on, sending a video message and being part of the social media campaign (#ProjectEDWARD).

The first Project EDWARD was a great success! More than 103,000 organisations and individuals signed a road safety pledge on the TISPOL website and more than 80 road safety actions were organised across Europe, including information and awareness-raising activities in schools and companies, workshops, conferences and competitions. In addition, the #ProjectEDWARD and #seatbeltselfie social media campaign reached more than 19 million people. According to TISPOL’s statistics, there were 43 road deaths across 31 countries on 21 September 2016. This compares with 70 fatalities on the same day in 2015. 19 countries recorded zero fatalities. While 7 other countries recorded a reduction in fatalities, compared with the same day in 2015, and 3 countries recorded an increase in fatalities.

We encourage you to join project EDWARD this year on 21 September, and more largely during the European Mobility Week from 16 to 22 September.

Statement by Vice President Vincenzo Iuzzolino (7/7/2017)

The Union Internationale des Chauffeurs Routiers announced the death of Ludwig Büchel on 4 July 2017 after a long illness. Büchel was one of the founders of this organization, which collects the associations of professional drivers from thirty-two countries in the world (Italy is represented by the Association of Truckers). Büchel has chaired the association for sixteen years, promoting its growth worldwide, and in 2015 he was appointed honorary president.
Ludwig Büchel was born Liechtenstein seventy years ago and began his commitment to the association of drivers in an organization of his country, and then chair a Swiss association. In 1999 he became president of the UICR, who led until 2015. Under his leadership, the Union Internationale des Chauffeurs Routiers reorganized and grew, becoming an important interlocutor in Europe with other class associations and institutions.
“We have lost its friendly way of behaving, its diplomacy and its extensive knowledge of the car,” said Robert Kastner, who succeeded him in the chair of the UICR. Vincenzo Iuzzolino, President of Us Truckers and Vice President of UICR, recalled that he had known Büchel in 2001: “From the beginning of our knowledge, Ludwig pushed us Truckers to enter the UICR and then, when we were associated, he pushed us To carry out several important initiatives, including the organization in Turin of the World Championships of Autistic. During his presidency he welcomed several countries around the world, bringing UICR to Uruguay and South Africa. Ludwig left a very strong impression on the association with him we have not only lost one president, but also a dear friend. “
The Association of Truckers and the Editorial Board of Europe join together to share their condolences to the family.

Vincenzo Iuzzolino

Vice President

Statement by President Robert Kastner (7/7/2017)

Dear Members, Friends and Partners of the UICR,               It is our painful duty to announce the death of our dear friend and honorary President Ludwig Büchel, of Liechtenstein. He passed away on July 4th, 2017, at the age of 70, due to a long illness.
Ludwig first led a regional drivers organization then later moved to the head of the Swiss professional driver’s organization. In 1999 Ludwig took over the presidency of the Union Internationale des Chauffeurs Routiers UICR which he held until 2015. Under his leadership, the UICR was built up into what it is today and transformed into an organization representing driver interests internationally. I as Ludwig Büchels successor will continue working in this direction. We will miss his friendly manner, his diplomacy and his vast knowledge in the transport industry. The moments that we spent together with Ludwig Büchel will be cherished. We wish his wife, his family and their friends bon courage in this difficult experience. In the name of the UICR,

Robert Kastner

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