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Brussels, February 21, 2013 STARTS project final reports
 
The STARTS Project has been finished and the final reports are now ready for you to consult. The project consists of a detailed study on the implementation impact and challenges of Directive 2003/59/EC (driver training pillar). It is also related to employment trends and job definitions, good training and employment practices for non mobile logistics workers (logistics pillar); joint recommendations for resolving specific problems related to both pillars and with input from the IRU, ETF and the European Commission report on the transposition of Directive  2003/59/EC.

English versions

Click here to view the Pillar 1 report on mobile workers

Click here to view the Pillar 2 report on non-mobile workers

French versions

Click here to view the Pillar 1 report on mobile workers

Click here to view the Pillar 2 report on non-mobile workers


Brussels, April 10, 2012 STARTS FINAL CONFERENCE: EU Social Partners emphasise training as key to unlocking the potential of road transport workers
  Brussels – The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) met (3-4 April), together with their members, for a final conference to discuss the results of research activities undertaken in the framework of the STARTS (Skills Training and the Road Transport Sector) project.

The STARTS Steering Committee composed of IRU and ETF members will meet again in May to agree the final project recommendations, to be passed on to the European Commission and other involved parties.

FINAL CONFERENCE DOCUMENTS:

Joint Press Release EN  FR

Programme  EN  FR

Presentations on Research Results

Pillar 1 - Mobile Workers:

Pillar 2 - Non-Mobile Workers:


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

 


Brussels, April 04, 2011 STARTS Project Questionnaires Released
 

On the 1st of April  the social partners have made public the final version of the questionnaire. For details, please follow this link - STARTS PROJECT QUESTIONNAIRES 


Brussels, February 07, 2011 STARTS Steering Committee First Meeting
   

On the 7thof February 2011 the STARTS Steering Committee met for the first time in Brussels to officially launch the project. The Committee came with a series of amendments for improving the questionnaires used for the mobile and non mobile workers pillars and the final version of the questionnaire is expected to be published by the end of March 2011. The next Steering Committee meeting is due to take place on the 27thof May 2011.