Sectoral social dialogue
- Road transport
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
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.
- 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