Sectoral social dialogue
- Road transport
Social dialogue in this sector covers:
- passenger and freight transport by road.
Road transport is a vital mode of transport, making a considerable contribution to GDP and employing almost 5 million people in the EU.
Challenges to the sector include:
- making transport safer and more secure to improve working conditions in the sector and the transport environment as a whole
- opening transport markets in Europe, which has significantly increased the competitive pressure on operators and their mobile workers
- harmonising social standards with an influence on the cost structure to guarantee good working conditions and protect the health and safety of workers
- attracting young recruits to the profession when there is an increasing shortage of qualified staff.
The Committee is currently focusing on:
- better rest facilities
- logistics qualifications
- the driver training directive
- better enforcement of EU driving and rest time rules
- driver shortages, image and recruitment in road transport
- the European Skills, Competences and Occupations Project (ESCO)
- illegal employment
- urban public transport.
Activities and meetings
Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.
- Joint project on skills, training and the road transport sector (STARTS) ( 2010-12)
- Joint project on women employment in urban public transport sector (WISE) (2010-12)
- Joint statement on parking along Europe's road transport network (2011)
- Joint statement on the review of the tachograph regulation (2010)
- Statement on the economic crisis (2009)
See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).