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Creating & Supporting A Professional Driving Culture
Ireland’s leadership on road safety is “a model for the European Union”
Ireland takes home 2019 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Award
Ireland is the winner of this year’s European Transport Safety Council Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) award. The annual award is presented to a European country that has demonstrated continued progress on road safety combined with a strategic approach to tackling the problem across government.
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Technology replacing truck drivers with steering wheel attendants
I can see a time in the near future when all the truck drivers have disappeared and been replaced by steering wheel attendants. The freight will still move and to the outside world, nothing will have changed – until there’s a malfunction in one of the systems and the steering wheel attendant doesn’t know how to react, because all the basic skills of keeping a truck on the road have been eroded due to years of having everything done for them by a computer – and there’s a catastrophe. It’s a scary thought. >>>> read more >>>>>
Professional Drivers Can Help Reduce Fatalities
Statistics show that Dublin, Cork and Galway had the highest number of Road Traffic Collision (RTC) fatalities in November and December and accounted for almost 32% , that one in three of the total number of fatalities that occurred.
The most prevalent times of day were between 16.00 – 20.00 33% and 12.00-16.00 23%, followed by 00.00-06.00 22%. Read more..........
2017 Driver Health & Wellness Survey
The 2017 EPDA driver wellness survey was undertaken to gain an insight into the health of our long distance coach and HGV drivers. Significantly the initial results are showing that the role of the long distance driver should come with serious health warnings. It is important at this point to say that there are some long distance drivers who are in good general health however they are very much so in the minority. ....read more
Truckers had enough of unworkable political interventions and take matters into their own hands. Below is a report from yesterdays France 24.
© AFP / by Sylvie HUSSON | Union activists stand by transport trucks, blocking access to the Frejus tunnel, close to the border between France and Italy in Modane
Hundreds of truckers blocked France's borders with Italy and Belgium on Tuesday, angry at EU rule changes that they say fail to protect them from low-cost eastern European competition.
Drivers began blocking the Frejus tunnel in Modane, eastern France, before dawn, at one point leaving more than 200 heavy goods trucks waiting to cross into Italy.
Macron has been pushing for a revamp of the Posted Workers Directive, which allows workers from lower-wage countries such as Poland to work temporarily in richer EU nations.....read more
Rain Weather Warning
Heavy rain will cause traffic distribution in the Dublin area on Wednesday 22nd Nov. Extra journey times are expected particularly at rush hour. Allow extra time and ensure that you watch out for those less skilled drivers who find these conditions very challenging.
STATUS RED WEATHER WARNING
Wind Warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and KerryHurricane Ophelia is expected to transition to a post tropical storm as it approaches our shores on Monday bringing severe winds and stormy conditions . Mean wind speeds in excess of 80 km/h and gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected, potentially causing structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas and potential flooding.
Issued:Saturday 14 October 2017 13:18
Monday 16 October 2017 09:00 to Tuesday 17 October 2017 03:00
Wind Warning for The rest of the countryHurricane Ophelia is expected to transition to a post tropical storm as it approaches our shores on Monday. Mean wind speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 130km/h are expected, however some inland areas may not be quite as severe. The winds have potential to cause structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas and potential flooding.
Saturday 14 October 2017 13:21
Monday 16 October 2017 09:00 to Tuesday 17 October 2017 03:00
Be prepared .............top tips
Driver CPC Review
If you would like to make your views and or opinions known on the Driver CPC, the EPDA are holding a CPC review meeting to evaluate the contribution that the Driver CPC has made since coming into force in 2008 and to report on the RSA's views on the current and future format of the training.
Meeting information is as follows:
Date: Saturday 21st October 2017
Time: 10.00 to 11.30
Venue: West County Hotel Chapelizod Dublin 20
For further information: Email; firstname.lastname@example.org
CBD Oil - Driver Licence Warning
Recently sitting in a reception area, I picked up a magazine and read an article about CBD oil and a driver in the USA who lost his licence after testing positive for drugs. The driver said that he never took marijuana but did take CBD oil. We asked our friends at HealthReach if professional drivers should be concerned if they are taking CBD oil.... read more
THE MOBILITY PACKAGE SO FAR
A brief guide to the Council of Ministers’ and the European Parliament’s positions
THE MOBILITY PACKAGE IS NOT YET ADOPTED OR AGREED
However, the Ministers of Transport of the 28 Member States (the “Council of Ministers”) and the European Parliament have each reached their own positions on it. In December 2019 they will get together again to start negotiating the final deal......read the latest update.
At a UICR meeting held in Gadmen, Switzerland over the weekend of the 15th to 17th November, a full agenda was presented to the board and invited guests of the UICR. The EPDA were represented by Walter Pisarnik and Barry Lyons. The aim of the meeting was three fold, firstly to make preparation plans for the forthcoming World Professional Driving Championships, secondly to review presentations made on projects of interest to the UICR and finally to assign UICR resources to specific projects.
The EPDA presented the Driver Register project that they have been developing. After the presentation there was a questions and answers session, with a considerable number of questions being asked by all attendees, demonstrating the interest in the project. At the end of the presentation the Board of the UICR overwhelmingly voted on fully supporting the project. President Robert Kastner will inform all twenty-three member countries to engage and provide support to the project. The UICR are committing three members to join the steering group developing the Register. The Driver Register is seen as a significant step towards professional recognition for drivers.
A meeting took place in Brussels to outline the financial support and mechanisms for availing of funding for the development of new service areas and upgrading of existing ones. There are two sources if funding €20 million from EU general funding and €40 million from the EU's cohesion fund.
In attendance were representatives for the various stakeholder bodies as well as DG Move, IRU, CEDR, UETR, EU Commission and ECG an association representation car transporter companies......read more
CO2 and Noise Pollution are two of the main negatives that temperature controlled haulage creates. But for drivers the problems can also include stress and fatigue.
One of our members sent in this picture of a service area advising drivers that they are not welcome to park their fridges overnight. So are services areas able to say who can and cant rest when tired........read more
New technologies are redefining the role of the professional driver.......Should you stay or should you go now.
The EPDA have appointed a team to work on the impact of technology on the role of the professional driver. Connected and automated vehicles are being integrated into the transport sector and with that change comes opportunity. Over the coming months we will look at all of the aspects of connected and automated vehicles. Our team headed up by EPDA Executive member Joe Doyle will examine and report on developments..........read more
The grim discovery of 39 human bodies found dead in the back of a temperature controlled trailer has shocked the road transport community. The discovery was made in an Essex Industrial estate on Wednesday the 23rd October. Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone affected by this most tragic event....read more.