European commission warns of working time directive failure.
Brussels also considered whether the self-employed exemption should be scrapped, but has sat on the fence. Although it found "self-employed drivers work longer than [employed] road transport workers ... other factors contributing to fatigue--stress, health problems and a lack of support--were more prevalent amongst the self-employed." It continued: "A reduction in working time could undoubtedly help reduce fatigue. However, this could lead to higher levels of stress, as the self employed driver tries to achieve more in less time in order to maintain his profitability."
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|Publication:||International News Services.com|
|Date:||May 1, 2007|
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