IRU has met with EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean at a crucial time in the development of important social, environmental and digitalisation files related to road transport.
IRU President Radu Dinescu and EU Advocacy Director Raluca Marian met with EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean to discuss current issues and future developments in the transport of people and goods across Europe.
The shortage of drivers was first on the agenda. IRU expressed its hope that the EU’s severe driver shortage can be tackled by giving new talent access to the profession and improving drivers’ working conditions.
IRU called for the Commissioner’s support in discussions with EU legislators on the revision of the EU Driving Licence Directive and for new funding to build safe and secure parking areas across the EU.
The revision of the Driving Licence Directive should give young people access to the driver profession by setting 18 as the default minimum age for truck drivers and opening the bus and coach profession to young drivers.
Furthermore, the revision should facilitate the access of third-country professional drivers to the EU labour market by harmonising the conditions for the recognition of both driving licences and certificates of professional competence.
IRU welcomes the Commissioner’s focus on improving drivers’ working conditions and support, including financially, for the development of safe and secure parking areas across the EU.