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Annual General Meeting
Venue: Wynns Hotel
Date: 9th February 2019
Time: 14.00 - 15.30
This meeting is open to all professional drivers. If you would like a copy of the agenda and or to book a please follow this link
A tragic accident on the Wexford to New Ross road claimed the lives of four family members. The crash happened at about 6.30pm on Monday 4th December on an open stretch of the N25. The car was in collision with
The four passengers in the car were pronounced dead at the scene, and their bodies were later removed by ambulance to University Hospital Waterford for post-mortems. The driver of the truck, a man in his 40’s and his passenger were physically uninjured but treated for shock at the scene.
The cause of the accident is unclear, the Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact New Ross Garda station on 051 426030, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
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; email@example.com
The Driver Famine
What most companies are seeing as a driver shortage is in actual fact a loss of a complete labour force unfolding before them. It can be likened to the change from horse drawn carriages to the change over to the motor vehicle. There are many factors at play here and the road transport industry has not kept pace with the effects of the changes that were introduced in the past four decades and in turn has found that while demand for its labour requirement is increasing the labour force willing and capable of servicing the industry is decreasing.There are more drivers leaving the industry than taking up the role of professional driver. To read the rest of the article click here
BREXIT AND GREEN CARDS Q&A
To get you up to speed on a hard border scenario from an insurance perspective, the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland have provided us with a Q&A that relates to the provision of Green Cards to Irish registered motor vehicles in the event that a ‘no deal’ Brexit. In that situation a motorist with an Irish registered motor vehicle who wishes to drive it in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the UK will require a Green Card.
Green Cards will not be required for Irish registered motor vehicles if there is an agreement reached between the EU and UK on the Brexit process, or until the expiry of any transitional period (should one be agreed).
The current expected Brexit date is 29th March 2019. Should that date be delayed then the requirement for Green Cards will also be pushed back. Take me to the Q&A
Check out the results of Team Ireland at the World Professional Driver Championships........here
Top 10 Truths About Distracted Driving
Technology can provide invaluable driver assistance however it can also provide driver distraction. Distracted Driving is the new 'Drink Driving'. Professional Drivers will be aware of the dangers technology can bring however it is advisable to keep up to date with the problems.........check out
the top 10 truths about distracted driving.
The EPDA wish our team the very best of luck in this weekends World Professional Driver Championships. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and well wishers. The team will be posting pictures on the EPDA Facebook page. If you want to know how the competition works follow this link ...........
Don't get Blown Away This Winter
Status Red Alert now possible as Met Eireann update warnings to say gusts over 130km/h possible.
Professional Drivers are advised to take extra care with opening doors and curtains. Take extra care with vulnerable road users, cyclsits, pedestrians and the elderly who may easily get blown off course.
For professional tips click here...
Ireland's professional drivers take on the best in the world.
The World Professional Driver Championships is taking place in Ghent, Belgium from the 27th of September until the 1st of October. Ireland will be represented by a team of five who will compete against twenty-two other Nations. The competition tests the knowledge as well as the driving skills of the drivers. An Eco driving section is also being contested for in their C+E section by Team Ireland.
Click here to Meet the Team