If it depends on Europe, will professional drivers soon no longer be able to rest?

No erosion of the Mobility Package!


BTB-ABVV is very concerned about the latest developments concerning the Mobility Package during the current European-level discussions. The European transport unions have fought a long battle to ultimately reach a reasonable compromise on the Mobility Package within the European Parliament.


Frank Moreels, President of BTB: “The Belgian Transport Union and its European umbrella transport federation ETF has consistently supported this compromise because we felt that the compromise package contains a number of measures that improve the working conditions of professional drivers. In this fight, we received the support of MEPs who want to put an end to social dumping in the sector."


BTB is and remains in favour of the fortnightly reference period for the calculation of driving times and rest periods. Increasing the reference period to three or four weeks increases the risk to road safety, because tired drivers are a danger on the road. That’s true not only for truck drivers, but also for car drivers, and serious problems arise if the reference period is extended. Moreover, the extension of the reference period for driving times and rest periods isn’t an economic necessity either.


For BTB, the Mobility Package must provide for the return of the drivers to their place of residence, and not to their economic base, as some would like to see it. Their sole purpose is to further exacerbate the precariousness of professional drivers through P.O. Box companies in Eastern Europe.


BTB continues to press for the rapid implementation of the intelligent tachograph in trucks with a payload of less than 3.5 tonnes.


Frank Moreels, President of BTB: "If the Mobility Package compromise proposal, which we support, is further eroded, it will once again open the floodgates to social dumping. I therefore call on all participants in the current three-party negotiations (the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament) to respect the compromise previously worked out in the European Parliament. We will critically evaluate the outcome of the three-party discussions. In our opinion, the reference period of two weeks for driving and rest times should absolutely not be extended. Wrong decisions on this subject can have disastrous consequences for both professional drivers and road safety."