News & Information for the Professional Driver Association (PDA)

Autonomous vehicles can lose the steering wheel under new US safety standards

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

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.

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EU standards for safe and secure parking areas for trucks

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

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.

The Commission would like to hear your views.

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Volvo’s electric trucks tested in extreme winter weather

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.

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DAF XF / XG / XG + is International Truck of the Year 2022!

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


EU/FR Supply chain issues slow French manufacturing growth in October – PMI

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

H2 Actros 1920


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

Volvo FM Electric DFDS


Volvo Trucks has received an order for 100 Volvo FM Electric from DFDS, Northern Europe’s largest shipping and logistics company. As the Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer emphasizes, this is the largest commercial order for electric trucks for the company to date and one of the largest to date for heavy electric trucks worldwide.

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FlixBus Greyhound Busstation

Germany’s FlixMobility acquires Greyhound Lines, the iconic U.S. bus company, in $78M deal

FlixMobility (“the Company”), the global mobility provider of the FlixBus and FlixTrain brands, announced today it has acquired Greyhound Lines, Inc. (“Greyhound”), the largest provider of long-distance bus transportation in the United States, from FirstGroup plc. This acquisition marks another important step in FlixMobility’s vision to provide easy-to-use, affordable, and environmentally friendly travel for consumers across the globe. Read more