The Commission tells the self-employed how long to work. Self-employed truckers may have to abide by the same laws that limit the amount of hours salaried drivers can work. If the law is not applied the self-employed could work an 86 hour week, raising co
Frede Matzen is a trucker. Each month he clocks ups over 15,000 km driving around Europe. I started 14 years ago to build up a haulier company. In 14 years I've increased to five trucks. Since 2005 a law has regulated the work hours of salaried drivers. It should have been extended to self-employed drivers who made up over 31% of drivers in the European Union in 2006. But the Commission wants it to apply to salaried drivers only. Edith Bauer reported on this issue. If we are not able to remove the self-employed from the scope of this legislation it will be the first time that the work hours of the self-employed are regulated. Salaried drivers oppose the non-application of the law to the self-employed who would be able to work 86 hours a week with all the risks that this carries. Firstly, road safety is at stake. Secondly, it's unfair competition between companies that employ salaried drivers and those with self-employed drivers. On Wednesday the Employment Committee rejected Ms Bauer's proposal. Without a new Commission proposal the law will apply to self-employed drivers contrary to the report's suggestions. A plenary vote will confirm the final decision in June.