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EU states reach agreement on improved working conditions for truck drivers

The European ministers of Transport reached an agreement on an improvement of the working conditions of truck drivers in Europe. For equal work at an equal location will be equal wages apply, says the Austrian minister of Transport Norbert Hofer Monday night in Brussels. Also will the drivers not in their cabin can sleep. Transport companies will be obliged to be a night for drivers to pay.

The measures must be social dumping combat. Before the new rules enter into force, must now have an agreement with the European Parliament can be found.

Hofer says that the living and working conditions of two million drivers in Europe to be improved. Abuses in crowded snelwegparkings be eliminated.

Especially in Western Europe, complaining countries have been longer in the transport sector to social dumping and unfair competition rule. Belgium with France, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden agree to set up together against to act.

There was also criticism that drivers have to accept to sometimes spend weeks on the track to be without a home can return. The agreement of the transportministers determines that truckers now have up to four weeks at a stretch in Europe along the way.

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