Transport Committee approves major reform of road transport sector

road

(Markus Spiske, Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


Transport Committee MEPs endorsed on Monday the deal reached with EU ministers on a major reform of the road transport sector.

The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host member state) aim to put an end to distortion of competition in the road transport sector and provide better rest conditions for drivers.

Better working conditions for drivers

  • The new rules will help to ensure better rest conditions for drivers and allow them to spend more time at home.
  • Companies will have to organise their timetables so that drivers in international freight transport are able to return home at regular intervals (every three or four weeks depending on the work schedule).
  • The mandatory rest period at the end of the week, known as regular weekly rest, cannot be taken in the truck cab. If this rest period is taken away from home, the company must pay for accommodation costs.

Fairer competition and fighting illegal practices

  • Vehicle tachographs will be used to register border-crossings in order to tackle fraud.
  • Existing limits to cabotage remain the same (three operations within seven days).
  • To prevent systematic cabotage, there will be a cooling-off period of four days before more cabotage operations can be carried out within same country with the same vehicle.
  • To fight the use of letterbox companies, road haulage businesses would need to have substantial activities in the member state in which they are registered. The new rules will also require trucks to return to the company’s operational centre every eight weeks.
  • Given that vans are increasingly used to provide international transport services, using light commercial vehicles of over 2.5 tonnes will also be subject to EU norms for transport operators, including equipping the vans with a tachograph.

Clear rules on posting of drivers

  • The new rules on posting of drivers will give a clear legal framework to prevent differing national approaches and ensure fair remuneration for drivers.
  • Posting rules will apply to cabotage and international transport operations, excluding transit, bilateral operations and bilateral operations with one extra loading or unloading per direction (can be added up: e.g. none on the way out and two on the return leg).

Confirming its decision from January, the Transport and Tourism Committee supported in second reading all three social and market access files. The Rapporteurs’ recommendations were adopted without amendments and received:

30 votes in favour, 19 against and no abstentions for clear rules on posting of drivers;

33 votes in favour, 15 against and 1 abstention for the drivers’ rest times;

33 votes in favour, 16 against and no abstentions for new rules on market access and cabotage.

A provisional agreement was already reached between the Council presidency and the European Parliament in December 2019. The Transport Committee first backed the deal with the EU Ministers on 21 January. The Council adopted the reform on 7 April.

Next steps

The full house will vote on the reform during its July session. The new rules will be considered to be adopted if no amendments are voted through with an absolute majority in favour (i.e. at least 353 votes).

The rules on posting will apply 18 months after the entry into force of the legal act. The rules on rest times, including the return of drivers, will apply 20 days after publication of the act. Rules on return of trucks and other changes to market access rules will apply 18 months after the entry into force of the act on market access.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Cash for babies: How Europe is tackling its falling birthrate

The Indian miracle state pointing the way to global sustainability

The Franco-German axis considers that all EU needs now is more armaments

Parliament adopts InvestEU programme for strategic and innovative investments

Terrorist content online should be removed within one hour, says EP

West Africa ‘shaken by unprecedented violence’, UN envoy tells Security Council

Hungary: people born in the 2020s won’t have legal rights any more to buy tobacco

Why securing the Internet of Things is crucial to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Is Eurozone preparing to abandon austerity and stagnation?

Khashoggi case highlights ‘very worrying practice’ of overseas abductions, says UN expert

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Cows, coffee and sustainable farming

Road safety: Data show improvements in 2018 but further concrete and swift actions are needed

‘Undersea gardeners’ are restoring Jamaica’s lost coral reefs

This is why Dutch teenagers are among the happiest in the world

Somalia: UN congratulates Puntland region’s newly-elected President

Marked improvement in Europe’s air quality over past decade, fewer deaths linked to pollution

End Syria fighting to avoid ‘even greater humanitarian catastrophe’

Celebrating the Customs Union: the world’s largest trading bloc turns 50

Shaping the future of democracy in Armenia

‘The green economy is the future,’ UN chief says in Beijing, urging climate solutions that strengthen economies, protect the environment

Commission reports on the risks of investor citizenship and residence schemes in the EU and outlines steps to address them

Corporate investors hold the key to fostering inclusive entrepreneurship

Berlin repels proposal for cheaper euro

Final turnout data for 2019 European elections announced

EU-China Leaders’ Meeting: Upholding EU values and interests at the highest level

Bankers don’t go to jail because they are more equal than us all

Heard about deepfakes? Don’t panic. Prepare

Amazon sinks while our breath sinks

Why David Cameron’s large victory in UK elections will not pursue a ‘Brexit’

No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds

Progress on gender equality is too slow, says OECD on International Women’s Day

Catalonia’s vote for independence and the power of symbols

The Chinese retail revolution is heading west

How voice technology will change your life

East Africa locusts threaten food insecurity across subregion, alerts UN agriculture agency

EU-Singapore free trade deal gets green light in Trade Committee

Sahel States need international support ‘now more than ever’– UN peacekeeping chief

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is driving Globalization 4.0

Burundi election countdown amid ‘deteriorating’ human rights situation

UN space-based tool opens new horizons to track land-use on Earth’s surface

Milk, fruits and vegetables distributed to schoolchildren thanks to EU programme

A jingoistic Spanish ‘war’ from the past

Resettlement: EU Member States’ pledges exceed 30,000 places for 2020

More than 100,000 people have recovered from COVID-19

How AI can accelerate the search for treatments for emerging and intractable diseases

Rebuilding after COVID-19 shouldn’t mean going back to how things were

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs call for more clarity and transparency

More than one million sexually transmitted infections occur every day: WHO

Mental health in times of a pandemic: what can each individual do to lessen the burden?

Feeding families remains complex task in war-torn Syria – UN relief agency

European Parliament and Eurovision sign partnership for European Elections

5 ways cities can use emerging technologies to fight climate change

The world needs a grand coalition to tackle climate change

CHINA UNLIMITED. PEOPLE UNLIMITED. RESTRICTIONS LIMITED

Wolfgang Schäuble: “Without European unification, there would be no German unity”

A day in the life of a refugee: why should we care?

80 adolescents a day will still die of AIDS by 2030, despite slowdown in epidemic

Aviation Strategy for Europe: Commission signs landmark aviation agreements with China

5 Black heroes of the environmental movement

Building climate resilience and peace, go hand in hand for Africa’s Sahel – UN forum

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s