Fatigue of drivers

According to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), member of CORTE and vice-versa, over the last decade the number of commercial vehicles travelling on European roads has substantially increased. A safe road transport system network must work to avoid collisions of vehicles, also those with large differences in mass and reduce the main risk factors, including fatigue. Road traffic collisions involving Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) tend to be more severe than other collisions because of the vehicles’ size and mass. 

A major risk factor affecting HGV drivers is fatigue. Working in this sector is not characterised by the typical “9 to 5” working hours. Research shows that driver fatigue is a significant factor in approximately 20% of commercial road transport crashes

In collaboration with its Transport Committee working groups and its member ETSC, CORTE works on better understanding the role played by fatigue in road fatalities and how the current EU legislation linked to driving & resting times of commercial drivers – Regulation (EC) n°561/2006 - tackles the issue. 

The ETSC report on the role of driver's fatigue in crashes involving heavy goods vehciles, to which CORTE contributed, is available here.