Every day, countless transport operations are being carried out across the EU. The road transport sector is essential to our European economy. However, it is also a sector that has to deal with several challenges, some are specific for drivers, or operators, others are problematic for both.
Road Transport sector constitutes an increasingly important area for the European Labour Authority. Enforcing EU legislation addressing the social aspects of specific legislation in a highly mobile environment raises numerous challenges. Relevant legal framework for this sector ‘Mobility Package I’ in place since August 2020 addressed some of these issues. It contains a set of rules that have gradually become applicable, for example the rules on posting of drivers or the rules on driving and resting time. These new rules brought changes the road transport sector and also new challenges in their practical application.
It is one step to have the rules in place, the second step is to ensure that drivers and operators are informed about the rules, and a third, that the rules are enforced effectively. In line with this, the Authority published its Framework for Action on road transport, where it announced a number of activities planned for 2022, including the set-up of a coordinated information and awareness raising campaign on road transport.
#Road2FairTransport: ELA's 2022 awareness raising campaign
The #Road2FairTransport campaign aimed to further explain legislative changes brought by the Mobility Package I, inform about the rights and obligations of the drivers and operators, as well as provide materials and guidance on various topics related to the road transport sector. ELA has prepared a package of communication materials and provided it to the campaign partners in the Member States. The campaign ran via ELA´s social media channels (LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook), on YouTube, via the mobile navigation app WAZE, and also locally along the most trafficked highway in the EU. In order to provide most up to date information, ELA prepared leaflets with clear information for drivers about the new rules in all EU languages and 11 additional languages, including the Western Balkan and Central Asian regions among others.
ELA also carried out different online as well as physical local information sessions and roadshows, in different Member States targeting drivers and operators. When it comes to the enforcement of the applicable rules, ELA actively supported the organisation and coordination of concerted and joint inspections of enforcement authorities in the Member States.
The Authority coordinated the campaign with EU Member States, social partners, and relevant enforcement organisations in order to ensure that information about the applicable legislation in the road transport sector effectively reaches cross-border workers and operators.
To discover more content and materials, check our webpage and follow our social media #Road2FairTransport.
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