Improving the treatment of drivers at delivery sites
The road transport industry is the backbone of our economy and plays an essential role in people’s daily lives and mobility. However, the sector is facing serious social, labour and economic challenges and is experiencing a serious driver shortage, which was only temporarily alleviated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As industry stakeholders, we are committed to reversing this trend and are taking action to increase the attractiveness of the sector and highlight the quality of the jobs available. The world road transport organisation (IRU) has joined forces with the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) to improve the current situation with a charter.
The primary objective of this charter is to improve the treatment of drivers at loading and unloading sites and thereby improve working conditions, increase operational efficiency, and ultimately, contribute to making the driving profession more attractive.
We recognise the importance of adhering to common values and promoting cooperation on the ground, to tackle efficiently the current challenges we face. Our partnership is therefore based on the following shared principles:
- Road transport is vital to mobility, the supply chain and the global economy.
- Professional drivers are a key asset in the supply chain.
- The severity and urgency of the shortage of professional drivers necessitates urgent action by a wider alliance of stakeholders.
- The treatment of drivers at delivery sites is one of the key elements to improving the attractiveness of the profession, and thus tackling the driver shortage.
- Legal compliance and mutual respect will remain at the core of our common values.
All interested industry stakeholders are encouraged to join the initiative and lead by example. Signatories will contribute to making the road transport industry a better place to work and must be committed to improving the current working conditions.
Join us by signing the Charter and commit to improving the treatment of drivers at company premises: