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Employers and union join forces to demand better truck parking

[ May 10, 2019   //   ]

Employers’ organisation the International Road Transport Union (IRU) has joined forces with trade union the International Transport Federation (ITF) to demand  better rest and parking areas for truck drivers in Europe. The two partners met EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to call for dedicated support mechanisms and incentives to ensure the necessary policies and funding.

They said that one out of four drivers has been a victim of violence or an attack, and road side facilities are below acceptable standards.

IRU and ETF also called for the creation of a network of safe and secure truck parking sites. They said that currently, Europe has only 300 000 parking spaces available and only a fraction of these guarantee basic services and security levels. The partners estimate that another 100 000 parking areas are needed.

ETF’s road section president, Roberto Parrillo added that a lack of safe and secure parking areas has become one of the key hurdles to attracting new drivers.