Plans for SPMT operators’ licence move ahead

ESTA is pressing ahead with plans to develop a European Trailer Operators Licence (ETOL) for SPMT operators after the plans received strong support at the association’s recent Spring meetings in the Netherlands. Concern has been growing in the industry at the lack of recognised training qualifications and the need to improve safety standards as the … Read more

ESTA and ECTA sign first Memorandum of Understanding

ESTA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ECTA, the European Chemical Transport Association, to allow both organisations to work together and jointly lobby for improvements in transport infrastructure and regulation, best practice and safety. The MOU was signed in May at the Transport Logistic exhibition in Munich by ESTA Section Transport Vice President Iffet … Read more

New ESTA health and safety commission created

ESTA’s General Assembly – the organisation’s representative ruling body – has backed plans to create a permanent health and safety commission to promote best practice and lobby for legislative improvements on an ongoing basis. Fabio Belli, ESTA President and CEO of Italian heavy transport and lifting specialist Fagioli, said that the group will promote a … Read more

ESTA launches internship scheme

ESTA has announced details of a special internship scheme that will allow all ESTA member companies – that is full and special members, supporters and affiliates – to send a young employee with management potential to ESTA or a member association for an agreed period of time. The intern will be given a research assignment … Read more

Leading crane expert Klaus Meissner joins ESTA’s management team.

One of Europe’s leading crane industry experts, Klaus Meissner, has joined the ESTA management team, supporting the work of the organisation’s crane section. Meissner started work for ESTA in April and will hold the title Subject Matter Expert Cranes. A graduate in mechanical engineering, he has worked for more than 30 years in the mobile … Read more

Denmark starts debate about ECOL-style common EMS licence

Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and the Danish Transport Training Board (TUR) have asked ESTA to investigate the possibility of creating a common European licencing system for drivers of European Modular System (EMS) type 1 vehicles. Supporters believe that creating a common licence similar to ESTA’s European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) would raise standards, increase … Read more

Crane group investigating risk management guidelines

A new ESTA crane risk management working group is planning to produce new guidelines to help companies assess the risks involved in different types of work and give them advice on how to protect themselves using properly drafted terms and conditions. The work will especially be aimed at smaller companies but is also expected to … Read more