Safety measure for drivers

Safety in the drivers’ profession and safety on the road in general is one of the main topic that UICR is working on. Actions or innovations to prevent accidents or minimize consequences are always on our agenda.

To improve drivers’ safety, UICR kindly asks every truck manufacturer to equip their vehicles in the production line with a seat belt cutter and a hammer to break a window.

In accidents, heavy trucks quite often tip over. It happens even when the vehicle is not moving e.g. when tipping or using different kinds of cranes. Thanks to modern construction of cabins and seat belts, the driver has good chances to survive the incident without any severe injuries. But when a truck is on its side, two problems occur: How to release a seatbelt and how to get out of the cabin.

When a seatbelt is under tension, it is hard or even impossible to release it. Then a seatbelt cutter in reach gives the necessary assistance.

When a driver has released the seatbelt, the problem is to find a way out of the cabin. A door facing upwards is too heavy to open. The only way out can be breaking the windshield or any other window. In case of fire, there is no time to waste. A decent window hammer is worth gold in such moments.

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Call for applications for the selection of members of the Commission Expert Group on Safe and Secure Parking Areas for Trucks

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Deadline for applications: 31 January 2019

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

European Commission presents final road safety figures for 2017 on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The European Commission commemorates on Sunday 18 November the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, a day to remember those killed or injured on roads.

European Commission presents final road safety figures for 2017 on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The European Commission commemorates on Sunday 18 November the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, a day to remember those killed or injured on roads.

FINAL CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS

PROGRAMME FOR THE FINAL CONFERENCE ON 6 NOVEMBER 2018

Transport Commissioner Bulc announces new European Coordinator for Road Safety

EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc today announced the appointment of Matthew Baldwin as European Coordinator for Road Safety to help drive forward the new road safety strategy as set out  under the key actions in the Commission's third Mobility Package to modernise Europe's transport system in May 2018.

Transport Commissioner Bulc announces new European Coordinator for Road Safety

EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc today announced the appointment of Matthew Baldwin as European Coordinator for Road Safety to help drive forward the new road safety strategy as set out  under the key actions in the Commission's third Mobility Package to modernise Europe's transport system in May 2018.

Call for applications for the selection of new observers of the expert group on land transport security

Deadline for applications: 26 October 2018

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Call for applications for the selection of new observers of the expert group on land transport security

Deadline for applications: 26 October 2018

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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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Poland event

3rd INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL DRIVER’S DAY

Already for the 3rd time UICR presents the Inernational Professional Drivers Day. It will take place on May 11, 2018 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.

European Parliament votes to modernise training for professional drivers

The European Parliament overwhelmingly adopted the proposal improving the training of professional drivers during its plenary session in Strasbourg today. The Commission had proposed to enhance rules on professional drivers' training to improve road safety standards in February 2017, as a revision to Directive 2003/59/EC. The proposal aims to:
  • modernise the training by putting the accent on road safety, including for example the protection of vulnerable road users and the use of driver assistance systems, emphasizing the optimisation of fuel consumption and introducing the use of new technology, like e-learning options;
  • clarify the rules on minimum ages between the Professional Drivers' Directive and EU rules on driving licenses;
  • ensure the mutual recognition of training followed in a Member State different from the Member States of residence; and
  • make the Directive clearer and easier to interpret.
In addition, the Parliament decided to establish an electronic exchange system for drivers’ qualifications, which helps the mutual recognition of training undergone in another EU Member States and can also be used by enforcement authorities. Following the vote in Parliament, the Council is expected to formally adopt the Directive in June.

European Parliament votes to modernise training for professional drivers

The European Parliament overwhelmingly adopted the proposal improving the training of professional drivers during its plenary session in Strasbourg today.

The Commission had proposed to enhance rules on professional drivers' training to improve road safety standards in February 2017, as a revision to Directive 2003/59/EC.

The proposal aims to:

e-CMR is on its way

The CMR is likely the last physical document in the transport industry. The digitalisation doesn’t stop here. The advantages of the e-CMR are evident for drivers, transport operators as well as authorities. We recomend all drivers and driver organization to be open to the idea of e-CMR. More details about the e-CMR can be found in the document below:

UICR eCMR

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”.

UICR-IRU GENEVA MEETING

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.