UICR General Assembly from 24/5-26/5 ZAGREB (Croatia)

4 International Day of the Professional Drivers

Ban for Truck drivers to sleep in the cabin only in place for the weekly restime

Brussels. After long negotiations EU member states have agreed on Dezember 4, 2018 on new regulations for resttime for international truck drivers.

The ban for truck drivers on sleeping in the cabin decided by the EU transport ministers applies – unlike shortly before announced – only for the weekly resttime. “In order to ensure adequate working conditions for drivers, the weekly rest period must be spent outside the cabine,” reads the press release published Tuesday by the EU Council. For the rest of the nights the truck drivers are allowed to sleep in the cabin.

“There is an absolute cabin sleep ban throughout the European Union harmonizing without exceptions”, Austria’s Transport Minister Norbert Hofer (FPÖ) had said after the meeting in Brussels. However, a spokeswoman for the EU Council made clear to the German Press Agency (dpa) that this applies only to the weekly rest period, not for the overnight stay after a regular shift.

A total ban would not work.

This regulation concerns about 2 million long distance truck drivers. The new regulation will call for more safe and secure truck parkings since the driver has to leave his vehicle unprotected in a parking area.

EU Parking conference

ESPORG (European Secure Parking Organization) and its project partners are preparing to conclude a one-year long study aimed at defining common standards for safe and secure truck parking areas, to step up the development of this infrastructure across the EU. 
The final event dedicated to this joint effort, organized on November 6, 2018 by the European Commission, was the final opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback and input, including a new comfort and security related standard for truck parking areas. The aim is to modernize the existing LABEL standard and to seek further alignment of the certification processes for truck parking areas in the EU. As a member of the advisory board which overviewed the project for the European Commission, UICR has been closely involved in this study which will be published by the end of the year. 

Ralph Meyer, who representedUICR in the advisory board, said at the final conference, “If we want toattract young professionals and especially women drivers, we need to offer themadequate working conditions. They deserve more safety and better services.” TheEU and Governments should give much stronger priority to tackling cargo crimewhich costs €6-7 billion annually to the European economy. But that is not thewhole story. Ralph Meyer concludes, “behind every attack there is a driver whosuffers and with him/her the whole family”. UICR will welcome the integrationof this new EU truck parking certification standard in the EU legislation as anincentive not only to establish more truck parking areas, but also to ensurethat drivers benefit from safe and comfortable rest places.

Several intersting videos to watch:
>>> Parking at Kalken, Belgium
>>> Parking at Lugoj, Romania
>>> Parking at Beziers, France
>>> Parking at Barcelona, Spain



World Championship Belgium 2018.

Nations that have participate in the World Championship

Official ranking of the 2018 World Championship in Belgium


The parliament allows passing on the right on Swiss freeways

BERN – The parliament wants to allow passing on the right lane(s) on freeways. A measure that shall effect the flow of traffic and more space on the road. Both chambers of the Swiss parliament have agreed on the proposal recently.


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Proposal of longer vehicles in Finland

The biggest vehicle combinations in normal road transport in Europe are in Finland. Now they are going to be even bigger.

In March the Ministry of Traffic and Communications (MINTC) in Finland published a proposal of new regulations of heavy vehicle measures. The maximum length of the vehicle combination will be increased from 25,25 meters to 34,50 meters, but the maximum weight will be 76 tonnes as it is today.

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Already for the 4rd time UICR presents the Inernational Professional Drivers Day. It will take place on May 10, 2019 and shall recognise efforts, that professional drivers do every day. As in the previous year, we ask everyone to tie a yellow ribbon to the left mirror of you vehicle, truck, bus or even the handlebar of your bike etc.. And most of all, communicate in all media possible the International Professional Driver’s Day. The more people know about it, the more drivers will get a smile and a thank you.

Conference on Drivers of the future

on the right: Vincenzo Iuzzolino, Vice-President UICR; Maria Teresa Di Matteo, President of the Central Committee department – Ministry of Transport; Franco Fenoglio, President of Unrae Industrial Vehicle Section

An important conference was held in Rome on the “Driving Profession: driving in the future”. The  project was promoted by Unrae and the Central Committee of the Road Haulage departement. On stage were Romano Valente, General Manager of Unrae, Franco Fenoglio, President of the Unrae Industrial Vehicles Section; Maria Teresa Di Matteo, President of the Central Committee for the National department of Road Haulage; Matteo D’Andrea, CNOS-FAP General Manager; Antonella Galdi, Deputy Secretary General ANCI and Lucia Valente, Councilor for Employment, Equal Opportunities, Staff of the Lazio Region. Present in the room also Vincenzo Iuzzolino Vice-President of the Union Internationale des Chauffeurs Routiers UICR, representing the Professional Drivers.

The project aims to select drivers between 18 and 29 years of age to start training courses for the acquisition of the driver qualification card for heavy goods vehicles and subsequent training periods at road haulage companies. The conference was held in the presence of 300 students from vocational schools, institutions and numerous journalists.
A special thanks to the President Franco Fenoglio, who has always been close to us, promoting the figure and respect of those who make this job “Professional Driver”.


On March 2, 2018 experts from IRU and UICR met in Geneva for an annual exchange of information and activities. One of the main topics was the profession of professional drivers in the future.

Looking back 5 or 10 years we see lots of work related changes for drivers. The future will bring more changes in shorter timespans. Everyone talks about driverless truck operation. We all know that it will come, but we don’t know when and how. Both organizations are aware, that those technical innovations must become part of the education for professional drivers.  UICR keeps a close relationship with the IRU Academy.

Other topics were events of both organization and how to work together in projects.


Communication European Road Safety Charter

 We are pleased to inform you that UICR participates in the project of the European Transport Commission

                                                              Important message for all member Nations!!!!!
This is an important project for we.
We ask you to send us by e-mail info@uicr.org your project and then we will send that to the Transport Commission.
Thanks in advance for your partecipate !

A good practice can be any set of actions (strategies, measures, methods, approach etc.) that have been successfully addressing a road safety problem. If you have undertaken a project falling under this description, share it with us by.

By submitting your good practice, you will be eligible to win the Excellence in Road Safety Award in one of the following categories:
• Large businesses
• Small and medium-sized enterprises
• Schools
• Universities and research institutes
• Local and regional authorities
• Associations

The 2018 Award ceremony will be held in June 2018 in presence of Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Mobility and Transport. You can also contact us at info@uicr.org


European Parliament

Agenda Committee on Transport and Tourism

Workforce report 2017 from DEKRA

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

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

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 roadsafetydays.eu. Furthermore, you can make a commitment by signing a pledge on projectedward.eu, 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.


Grand Prix Truck 2017 Il week end del camionista – Misano World Circuit dal 27 maggio 2017 al 28 maggio 2017

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Good morning everyone
We inform you that UICR will be presents with its stand at Transportec in Verona Italy .
Transpotec is an important event for the transport’s world.
This is a great opportunity for us to propose to all people our activities.
“Noi Camionisti” (our Italian member) organizes this event.

UICR in Latvia

UICR supports the construction of a multimodal and secure parking hub in Latvia. UICR has signed today a letter of support for the construction of a secure parking are in Latvia, along the key route E67 of the Baltic region, known as “Via Baltica”. We perceive this project as highly valuable for the prevention of safety-related incidents. Safe and secure parking and rest areas are highly important for drivers to benefit from their rest periods in a safe environment with modern facilities which clearly improves their working and living conditions and makes the profession more attractive. We fully support the idea to ensure ITS-based navigation of trucks, ensure safety for drivers and cargo and provide a better service quality to truck drivers at rest areas. In addition, we would like to highlight that this project has an inherent potential to become a valuable example for other parking areas in Latvia, its neighbouring states and the entire European Union. We perceive it as a pioneering initiative for the EU-wide setup of a comprehensive network of safe and secure truck parking areas along the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Core Network.