PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS & SAFETY

PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS & SAFETY

PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS & SAFETY

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Fatigue and excessive speed are the most common causes of accidents caused by drivers of trucks, buses and company cars. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of occupational death in industrialized countries.

Duration of driving time

Fatigue is a significant factor in approximately 20% of crashes involving heavy commercial vehicles.

The legislation sets upper limits on driving time for professional drivers.

Driving time must not exceed 9 hours a day or them 56 hours a week. After driving for 4.5 hours drivers must take a break of at least 45 minutes.

Transportation of dangerous goods

For the road transport of dangerous goods, the legislation provides rules mainly regarding

  • the classification of dangerous substances and items
  • the training of the persons carrying out the transport
  • the packaging
  • the labeling
  • transport vehicles

Overloading

The overloading of heavy vehicles is not only about safety issues, but also about the higher maintenance costs of the road network and the resulting traffic disruption.

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