News & Information for the Professional Driver Association (PDA)

CO2 targets unachievable without enabling conditions, warn European truck and bus manufacturers


Brussels, 24 October – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) repeats its call for a fit-for-purpose CO2 regulation for trucks and buses. Despite an unwavering commitment to decarbonisation and record investment levels in zero-emission vehicles by manufacturers, the proposed targets remain overly ambitious without the backing of robust enabling conditions.

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EU launches third call for truck parking funding



The European Commission has launched a more flexible funding call for safe and secure parking across the European Union.
Similar, to the two previous calls for funding, the European Commission has made €250 million available for safe and secure mobility projects

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EU Charging

The EU Parliament sets new rules on charging and refueling stations in Europe


According to what MEPs decided, charging stations have to be provided every 120 km for trucks and buses by 2028. EU countries have to ensure that hydrogen refuelling stations along core TEN-T network will be deployed at least every 200 km by 2031.

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Autonomous trucks, the State of California will restrict tests on public roads: “It’s a matter of safety”


The Senate of California recently passed a bill requiring operators inside the vehicles, even when they’re driverless.

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First test for new solar-​powered hybrid Scania truck

A unique hybrid truck with a solar panel covered trailer is being tested on public roads, as a result of a two-year research collaboration involving Scania, Uppsala University, Eksjö Maskin & Truck, Midsummer, Ernsts Express, and Dalakraft. The solar energy decreases operational costs and local emissions significantly because of the truck’s self-produced energy.

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DAF-XB

DAF New Generation truck family the new XB model (also electric) for city distribution


The new truck family is conceived for the 7.5 – 19 tonnes class, with ranges of up to 350 km, as well as PACCAR PX-5 and PX-7 engines up to 310 hp, also ready for HVO as for thermal options. Alongside the XB series for on-road applications, DAF is also introducing the XBC series for construction.

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Directors of UICR from left to right : Barry Lyons (IRL) Barbara Zimmer (PL) Robert Kastner (AT) President Hanna Haanpää (FIN) Vice President Walter Pisarnik (IRL) Sepp Bamert (CH) Vice President (not in the picture)

UICR General Assembly 4-7 May 2023