Communication can be difficult when truck drivers from all over Europe enter chemical sites and storage terminals to load and discharge products. A minimum of understanding is however essential. Transperanto (derived from Esperanto, transport and transparency) is a tool that has been developed by Cefic to facilitate effective communication in different languages between truck drivers and personnel at chemical loading and unloading sites.
It is based on 140 words and phrases related to transport safety, translated in 26 European languages. Transperanto is available on a dedicated website or as a booklet, enabling users to view a set of words in selected languages. Transperanto supports two-way communication, for example between foreign drivers and staff at a gate-house or a dispatch office.
Two different ways to use Transperanto
- As a training tool: Starting from his/her mother tongue the trainee can learn the key vocabulary in one or more reference languages, and memorise the words sufficiently to understand them.
- On the spot : For example at the gate house or at the dispatch office of a loading/unloading site, it can be used to support two-way communication between drivers and site personnel.
Visit also Transperanto website