Training of professional drivers
The vast majority of professional drivers worked only on the basis of their driving licence. The demands on professional drivers today obviously call for solid basic and continuous training. Such training helps to improve road safety, safety during stops as well as the standard of service, and helps people taking up the occupation. For both young people interested in becoming professional drivers and drivers who are already working, the introduction of harmonised compulsory training for all underlines the fact that the opening up of the transport market and growth in competition go hand in hand with the harmonisation of social matters and conditions of employment. At the same time, the training must be practical and must help to recruit new professional drivers.
- Directive 2003/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 July 2003 on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers, amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 and Council Directive 91/439/EEC and repealing Council Directive 76/914/EEC
The deadline for transposition was 10 September 2006. Member States shall apply the initial qualification measures from 10 September 2008 as regards drivers of passenger vehicles and from 10 September 2009 as regards drivers of goods vehicles.
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