A Quality Charter for international road haulage operations has been approved by the transport ministers of the European member countries of the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD.
The Charter establishes qualification standards for companies, managers and drivers and will begin on 1 January 2016.
It applies to pan-European road haulage operations under the Multilateral Quota system established in 1974.
José Viegas, Secretary-General of the ITF, said: “The approval of the Quality Charter is a major step towards harmonisation of conditions in the pan-European road freight transport market.
“The Charter, alongside the incitation mechanisms already in place for adoption of the most technologically advanced trucks, will establish the Multilateral Quota system as a symbol of quality, safety and environmental standards in road transport.”