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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I can see a time in the near future when all the truck drivers have disappeared and been replaced by steering wheel attendants.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; email@example.com
Test Pilots Wanted
The Sprinter Pro Driver Programme is in test phase and is looking for professional drivers to test out the free online training programme. Its available in five European languages and is designed to provide light Commercial Vehicle drivers with 32 hours of training in all aspects of the role.
Check it out here for free.......
Dublin Port Close Call...Too Close for Comfort
On Wednesday the 21st August a driver exiting Dublin Port dropped the Container Tank he was carrying onto the roadway. From all reports the twist locks were not in the locked position. The driver was young the tractor unit was new and fortunately nobody was injured. We should all be concerned about this event. The question that needs to be asked to start to find out how to stop such occurrences is, why were the twist locks not locked?
Interestingly DFT have just started to do induction on everyone entering the terminal and in the first part of their induction they tell drivers to unlock the twist locks before entering the terminal. What find of mixed messages are drivers getting here!
Driver Dies After Being Struck Loading In Dublin Port
A man in his 50s who died following a workplace accident on the docklands has been named locally as Nicholas Collier.
The truck driver died at around 10:30am on Wednesday morning after being hit by another vehicle while unloading a fridge. The matter is being investigated by An Garda Siochana and By the health & Safety Authority. While many drivers have spoken about safety concerns in Dublin Port it is unfortunate that it takes the life of a Driver to put the spot light on safety.
Vehicle as a Weapon of Attack
6th August 2019
The use of vehicles as a weapon to injure and kill people has become a real threat, which means people who operate and drive commercial vehicles need to act. It is vital that transport businesses adopt a responsible approach to security. The UK agencies, which are charged with protecting all members of society, have identified some simple and inexpensive procedures to assist operators, transport managers and drivers. The document lists points of good practice for drivers ....read more
30th July 2019
The French government has announced that convicted drink-drivers across France will be given the opportunity to participate in an alcohol interlock rehabilitation programme, as an alternative to a driving ban, following successful trials in seven departments.
Drink-drivers found with a BAC level above 0.8 g/l will now be offered the possibility of installing an alcohol interlock for a period of between 6 months and 5 years rather than being subject to a ban from driving. The courts will also have the power to reduce the fines imposed, to offset the cost of installing and renting the device – fees which are paid by the driver.
In 2017, 1,035 people lost their lives in a collision involving a driver above the authorised blood alcohol limit in France. In the same year, the police recorded 123 926 alcohol offences or 20.8% of all road traffic offenses.
More information (in French): https://www.securite-routiere.gouv.fr/actualites/generalisation-du-dispositif-dinstallation-dun-ethylotest-anti-demarrage-comme-possible
Rule changes for signs on UK motorways
Today (25 July 2019) Highway Code rule 258 has been updated to provide details about red ‘x’ signs on motorways.
The changes are to reflect amends made to The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2016 regarding lane closures.
For a full list click here......
The General Assembly of the UICR took place last weekend in the beautiful city of Zagreb in Croatia. The two-day event was hosted by the Croatian Drivers Association. The Assembly addressed the many issues that face todays professional driver. Member Countries voted the incoming Executive Council and Croatia was selected as the host County for the 2020 World Championships. The European Professional Drivers Association made a presentation on the Driver Registration & Recognition Project, which was very well received and it is now moving to the next stage of the process.
Circle K Gorey Service Area Officially Open For Business
Professional HGV Drivers; Wally Mc Kenna, Matty Bolger and MJ Holland at the official opening of the New Gorey Service Area.
Circle K opened the much waited Gorey service area on the M11. The level of services available on the site are very impressive, for the professional driver Circle K have taken the needs of the modern day Professional HGV and Coach driver into account......read more
The EU has taken a major step towards better working conditions for truck drivers after the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of the mobility package. MEP's will now negotiate a compromise with European transport ministers and the European Commission to put a stop to driver exploitation, letterbox companies and unfair pay. >>>>>>>>>> more information >>>>>>
Lorries at sea - Urgent Safety Advice
Urgent safety advice has been issued by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) to all lorry drivers who use ferries.
This follows an incident where lorries toppled over on a ferry vehicle deck while at sea, with drivers still in their cabs. One driver was trapped and had to be freed by emergency services.
International regulations prohibit passengers, including lorry drivers, from staying on the vehicle decks when at sea.........read more
The Growing Use Of LCV's on International Transport.
Do drivers of Light Goods Vehicles engaged in International transport need the same level of support as their HGV counterparts? We asked the President of the UICR and the President of the EPDA that very question .......read here
Information sheet prepared by the RSA on the potential outcomes of Brexit,
This information will inform professional drivers of the possible impact on travelling to both the UK and the EU and provide valuable assistance in dealing with new exit/entry procedures which may arise due to the UK departing the European Union.....click here
Union of International Chauffeurs and Routiers (UICR) travelled to Dublin meet the EPDA
The EPDA had the honour of welcoming the UICR President Mr. Robert Kastner to Ireland. The UICR represent over 1.4 million drivers across Europe and represent a significant number of drivers in countries outside Europe such as Canada, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.
Our interview with Robert was a most informative one. Our experiences in Ireland are reflected in all countries across Europe. Interestingly Robert was very impressed with the work the EPDA has undertaken on driver wellness. Circle Kay were very supportive of the visit and they provided the visitors with the facilities in Dublin Port. An in-depth interview was arranged between the UICR and EPDA Presidents and we will publish the whole interview on the website in the coming days. Read the full interview.........click here
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