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IRU welcomes EU campaign for professional drivers

The IRU has welcomed the launch of the European Labour Authority’s EU-wide #Road2FairTransport campaign for professional drivers and their employers.

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The EU campaign aims to educate drivers and road transport operators on their rights and obligations amid the ongoing implementation of Mobility Package 1, recently introduced EU rules primarily focused on the posting of drivers, and driving and rest time rules.

Launched by the European Labour Authority (ELA) in Romania, #Road2FairTransport is also expected to boost the attractiveness of the driver profession, crucial to reducing chronic driver shortages in the EU’s road transport industry.

“IRU welcomes this new campaign, which has just been launched at one of Europe’s best truck parking areas in Romania. We fully support the basis for the campaign: respect for all professional drivers and, importantly, transport company managers in their daily job of keeping Europe’s mobility networks and supply chains moving” commented IRU President and Secretary General of Romanian road transport association UNTRR Radu Dinescu.

Raluca Marian, IRU EU Advocacy Director, added:

“As we continue the joint work with the European Commission and ELA to clarify and explain the new Mobility Package 1 rules to affected stakeholders, the #Road2FairTransport campaign will help the EU’s more than 900,000 road transport operators, and their drivers, to understand and comply with the rules across the whole sector.”

Mobility Package 1 has been a complex legislative package, with numerous challenges in its implementation. Adopted by EU legislators in 2020, it regulates key social and operational aspects of delivering road transport services, including driving and rest time rules, access to the profession and to the market, and new rules on the posting of drivers.