News & Information for the Professional Driver Association (PDA)
Fully autonomous vehicles in the United States will no longer have to be equipped with manual controls like pedals and a steering wheel to meet safety standards. Read more
Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) becomes mandatory in Europe
By 2024, the automatic hand or parking brake on commercial vehicles will be mandatory in Europe. This should greatly reduce the number of accidents with rolling vehicles.
Notice to Professional Drivers
One initiative has been published or updated on the European Commission’s ‘Have your say’ portal: Safe & Secure Truck Parking Areas
The EU Commission will be making changes to the regulation that covers drivers hours and rest periods, EU 561/2006. The regulation will include the provision of safe and secure parking areas for drivers and their vehicles. This is an essential step to improve drivers’ working conditions by allowing drivers to have a secure, safe and good-quality rest while having access to a minimum level of services. Read more
Bus and coach drivers – EU rules on driving and rest times
The EU rules on driving time, breaks and rest periods apply equally to lorry drivers and bus and coach drivers. However, these rules are not always suitable for passenger transport.
This initiative aims to address the specific needs of bus and coach drivers in organising their working time.
Many of us have experienced it – the battery in the phone loses power when the blistering cold sets in. To avoid the same fate, Volvo Trucks has tested its electric trucks in extremely cold weather close to the Arctic Circle. The result? A feature to maintain battery performance, even when the temperature is far below zero.
The new truck range from DAF Trucks, the XF, the XG and the XG+, is the International Truck of the Year 2022. The prestigious award was presented to Harry Wolters, president of DAF Trucks, at a gala evening at the Solutrans trade fair in Lyon on Wednesday (17th Nov 2021) evening. Read more
PARIS, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Supply chain issues hit France’s manufacturing sector in October, where the slowdown in growth came broadly in line with initial forecasts, a monthly survey showed on Tuesday. Read more
Because of the chip crisis and increased material costs, the commercial vehicle manufacturer, Daimler Truck wants to turn the price screw for new orders. “Of course we will also increase prices next year,” said CEO Martin Daum at an online conference. Read more