Truck driver
10 July 2020

Better protection for drivers and a better competitive balance in the road transport sector

The European Parliament has just given its backing to the new European social and competition rules bearing on road transport (the “mobility package”). Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister Delegate for Transport, commends the adoption of this deal.
This revision of the European legislation will pave the way to:
  • better living and working conditions for drivers;
  • better regulation of the road transport sector for a more balanced single market within the European Union (EU).

Meaningful progress for the road transport sector

The mobility package confirms that drivers must not spend their usual weekly rest period in their vehicles, and that includes when they are parked in specially laid out parking areas. With strong support from France, this measure, rounded off by the requirement for drivers to return at regular intervals to their country, will help to ensure better quality of life for drivers and respect for their dignity.

France also applauds the application of these provisions to operators and drivers of light commercial vehicles of over 2.5 tonnes, which it had strongly backed.

New tools for Member States to counter abuse

These tools are particularly a means of cracking down on "letterbox companies” and systematic cabotage. The mobility package makes provision for:
  • the regular return of vehicles to the transport operator’s country of establishment every eight weeks;
  • application of the posting rules EU-wide, with procedures tailored to the specifics of the sector;
  • tighter regulation of cabotage (operations on a State’s domestic market, performed by a company established in another Member State), particularly through the introduction of a mandatory four-day “cooling-off” period between two cabotage operations.

Improved enforcement

Compliance monitoring will be more effective thanks to the expedited fitting-out of vehicles with smart tachographs equipped with new features such as recording border crossings.