The two unions warn that the proposals that will be voted on in the European Parliament later this month will mean that international bus and lorry drivers will be able to drive for longer without a break and won’t have to rest for as long between shifts. They believe that this will threaten the safety of the drivers and that of other road-users.
One of the proposals in the EU plan is to allow international lorry drivers to spend their long weekly break in their cabs. Currently this is forbidden. Furthermore, if passed the plan will allow bus drivers driving in their home country to drive for 12 consecutive days. Currently tis is only the case if they a driving abroad.