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Sectoral social dialogue - Road transport

Social partners

Workers' organisations Employers' organisations

European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF)

Urban public transport working group:

Urban Public Transport (ETF)

International Road Transport Union (IRU)



International organisation for public transport authorities & operators (UITP)

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • passenger transport by road
  • freight transport by road
  • urban public transport

Road transport accounts for a large share of GDP (gross domestic product) and employs over 3.4 m people EU-wide (Eurostat, 2014 Labour Force Survey data).

Challenges to the sector include:

  • making transport safer & more secure
  • improving working conditions in the sector & the transport environment as a whole
  • creating a sustainable balance between market interests & social conditions
  • attracting young recruits to the profession, at a time when numbers qualified staff are dwindling
  • improving the EU competiveness of the sector in the EU in relation to competitors in non-EU countries

Key areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • social conditions in the sector
  • better enforcement of EU driving & rest time rules
  • improving rest facilities
  • logistics qualifications
  • training requirements & their impact on employment in road transport
  • driver shortages, image & recruitment in road transport
  • promoting urban public transport

Activities & meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.

Recent achievements

  • 2016 - Joint Statement: 'Towards sustainable urban mobility'
  • 2014 - 'Taxi – for a level playing field'
  • 2014 - Joint terms of reference of the EU Road Transport Agency
  • 2014 - Joint recommendations: Strengthening women employment in urban public transport
  • 2014 - Joint statement: The implication, application and further development of Directive 2003/59/EC on initial qualification and continuous training for professional bus drivers in urban public transport
  • 2013 - Joint proposal for a policy package for the next revision of EU Regulations 1071/2009 on access to the profession & 1072/2009 on access to the road haulage market
  • 2012 - Joint statement on the further opening of the EU road haulage market
  • 2010-12 - Joint project on skills, training & the road transport sector (STARTS)
  • 2010-12 - Joint project on women employment in urban public transport sector


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