OVERSEAS workers driving trucks in Europe are now required to work only for employers that provide accident and vehicle insurance, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.
In Memorandum Circular No. 14, series of 2020 dated June 23, the POEA said the foreign employer or principal must provide such insurance to truck drivers working in Europe.
They are also responsible for obtaining the worker’s drivers license and should not charge for it, and for providing personal protective equipment.
The POEA set the maximum workday at nine hours, with two 10-hour shifts permitted each week. It also ordered that weekly driving time not exceed 56 hours and capped driving time over any two consecutive weeks at 90 hours. — Gillian M. Cortez