The Mobility Package agreement is now entering into force. With today’s vote, the European Parliament has given its green light to a long-awaited reform of the sector, which will pave the way for a more humane transport sector. The Package approved today, with an overwhelming majority, will introduce more stringent rules against social dumping, with correct salaries and conditions for drivers, better road safety protection with the introduction of smart tachographs and, at the same time, the maintenance of a well-functioning internal market in the EU.
S&D vice-president and spokesperson on transport, Ismail Ertug, stated:
“Now we can say loud and clear: our European roads will be less dangerous; European drivers will be fairly treated and no longer exploited. The ‘equal wages for the same work in the same place’ principle will eventually apply. The time in which transport costs are being pushed further down on the backs of drivers and small and medium-sized companies will now be over. The Mobility Package agreement sets a crucial step forward towards a more humane transport sector. Our battle against social dumping, for fair salaries and road safety continues.”
S&D transport coordinator, Johan Danielsson, commented:
“Today, after many years of hard work, we now have the final decision in place to get rid of unjust transport companies who are exploiting workers in the road transport sector as a business model. Today’s vote does not only include better rules that will give drivers the correct salary and conditions they deserve, but it will also include tools for control and implementation. This Package is a great victory for transport workers all over the EU.”
Vera Tax, S&D negotiator on driving and resting times, added:
“With the Mobility Package, we are finally improving the working conditions of our essential workers in the road transport sector. The new rules bring an end to the exploitation of drivers and allow for decent resting times that can be spent at home with their families. We are proud that with this Package, we are also improving road safety in Europe.”