Brussels, July 07, 2011 The IRU and the ETF met on the 28 -29 of June to discuss the preliminary results of research activities undertaken by AFT-IFTIM in the framework of the STARTS project
 

 

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) met during a one and a half day workshop (28 -29 June) to discuss the preliminary results of research activities undertaken by AFT-IFTIM (France) in the framework of the STARTS project.

Concerning mobile workers the first research findings suggest improvements in most Member States regarding training quality and quantity since the driver Training Directive entered into force. However there are important exceptions where evidence points to lower standards of training quality. In some countries  in some Member States concerns are widespread about training capacity and the ability for most drivers to complete their 35 hours of continuous training by the September 2013 and 2014 deadlines.

All participants expressed the desire to make a success of this Directive by finding ways to overcome the challenges from its varied transposition across the EU. There were also some concerns expressed that about a potential lack of mutual recognition between Member States for: drivers certificates of professional competence; periodic training and the varying deadlines for the completion of periodic training. Participants urged that the next phase of research should focus on this practical enforcement aspect amongst other matters where more knowledge is also required.

The research results on non-mobile workers is less advanced but expected soon. Full project results and recommendations from the social partners on both pillars are due at the end of 2011 and further progress will be presented during the Projects Conference on 29 and 30 November 2011.

Workshop documents :

  • Workshop agenda: EN ; FR
  • Pillar 1 preliminary results: EN ; FR

 


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