Brussels, 15 October 2008
"It is essential that all drivers dependent upon a single employer enjoy the same level of social protection", said Antonio Tajani, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport. "Europe cannot tolerate risks to road safety, unfair competition and circumvention of social protection arising where employers require their workers to declare themselves to be self-employed".
The Commission proposes today to clarify Directive 2002/15/EC in order to guarantee that so-called 'false self-employed drivers' are fully covered by the rules concerning mobile workers and reinforce controls to ensure a correct application of this legislation. The proposal also intends to enhance cooperation among Member States by exchanging information and good practices as well as promoting a common approach to implementation.
Furthermore, current night time provisions are to be aligned with other EU legislation.
 Council Directive 2002/15/EC concerning the organisation of total working time of persons performing mobile road transport activities.
 False self-employment arises where the improper classification of employment status is used as a means to evade statutory labour provisions and obligations, and a method to reduce labour costs. The workers concerned stay economically dependent. This bogus type of self-employment results in circumvention of social protection and exclusion from basic workers rights.