The European Commission published on 12th July a report on the application legislation which requires professional drivers to undergo dedicated training.
Data show that trainings have been effective and continue to enhance road safety. The report advises on specific issues to further improve the application of the legislation
The training of professional drivers, together with the other measures set at European, national and local level, contributed to a 37% reduction of road fatalities involving trucks between 2003 and 2010, despite a 15% increase of the circulating fleet.
Directive 2003/59/EC on the initial qualification and periodic training of trucks and buses' drivers entered into force on 10 September 2003. The goal of the Directive is to enhance road safety in Europe by ensuring a common level of training, and the achievement of the necessary skills and competences for professional drivers to drive their vehicles.
It establishes mandatory level of initial qualification and periodic training for professional drivers in the European Union. The training is organised by training centres approved by the Member States.
According to the report, despite the national differences among Member States in the application of the Directive, the homogeneity of the national training systems is guaranteed by a set of standard training criteria. Member States are allowed to implement the periodic training with regards to drivers holding "acquired rights" by 2015 for bus drivers, and by 2016 for truck drivers.
The report suggests a few specific issues which can improve the application of the Directive, such as raising the involvement of social partners, and enhance the cooperation between Member States. A list of national contact points will facilitate the cooperation between national administrations to handle, among others, the cases of drivers attending the periodic training abroad.
Moreover, the exchange of national timetables for periodic training should help overcoming any difficulty that enforcement authorities may face when checking drivers from abroad
Facts and figures
- Dedicated training
- Work-related road safety
- PRAISE - preventing work-related road accidents
- Road safety - transporting dangerous goods by road
- Driving time - road transport
- I&I Days
- Taxi Driver's Checklist (IRU)
- Truck Driver's Checklist (IRU)
- Coach Driver's Checklist (IRU)
- Training of professional drivers – national contact points
- Calendars of periodic training
- EU directive 94/55 - alignment of national laws on transporting dangerous goods by road
- EU directive 2003/59 - qualification and training for drivers of goods/passenger-carrying road vehicles
- EU directive 2002/15 - working time for road transport activities
- Proposed amendment to EU directive 2002/15 - working time for road transport activities
- EU regulation 561/2006 - harmonisation of social legislation on road transport
- Proposed EU regulation - common rules for access to the coach and bus services market
- EU regulation 3821/85 - recording equipment in road transport
- EU regulation 3821/85 - 1998 update
- EU regulation 3821/85 - 2002 update
- EU regulation 3821/85 - 2004 update
- EU regulation 68/2009 - social rules for road transport
- EU directive 2006/22 - minimum conditions for social rules on road transport
- EU directive 2009/4 - preventing and detecting manipulation of tachograph records
- EU directive 2009/5 - minimum conditions for social rules on road transport
- EU regulation 484/2002 - driver attestation