Volvo Trucks Sells First Electric Trucks to Selected Markets in Europe

Volvo Trucks announced the start of sales of Volvo FL and Volvo FE electric trucks in selected markets within Europe, including for distribution and refuse collection, as the region faces increasing demand for environmentally conscious urban transport.

Volvo Electric Truck
Volvo Electric Truck

One challenge is to maximize the payload at the same time as optimizing the driving range, according to Volvo Trucks, a unit of Gothenburg, Sweden-based Volvo Group.

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Romanian MEP Adina Valean approved as European commissioner for transport

BUCHAREST (Romania), November 7 (SeeNews) – The European Commission (EC) said it has approved Romanian liberal MEP Adina Ioana Valean as the new commissioner for transport.

Adina Ioana Valean - Romanian EU Commissioner for transport
Adina Ioana Valean – Romanian EU Commissioner for transport

“Romania today nominated two candidates for the Commissioner position. Both candidates held interviews with the president-elect and performed well. The president-elect of the European Commission has decided that Adina Valean will take over the Transport portfolio,” EC deputy chief spokesperson Mina Andreeva said on Wednesday evening during a press briefing in Brussels, as seen in a video file posted on the Commission’s website.

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Are Europeans paying more at the pump because of increasing taxes?

How much more in taxes do petrol car drivers pay than diesel drivers, even though diesel engines are the main cause of the air pollution crisis in our cities? Which EU countries have managed to eliminate diesel’s unfair fiscal advantage? In which EU countries is zero tax levied on palm oil diesel? Answers to all these questions – and more – can be found in T&E’s interactive tool based on datasets of fuel consumption taxes for road transport in all 28 EU member states since 1995.

In real terms, today western Europeans pay less fuel tax than 20 years ago

Transport is the biggest emitter in the European Union. Road transport – cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles – accounts for 21% of total EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While climate change has become a political priority of the new Commission (aka the European Green Deal), in real terms (considering inflation), fuel taxes have decreased in recent decades. In fact, the sales-weighted average petrol and diesel fuel tax dropped from 64 cents per litre of fuel in 1998 to 54 cents in 2018.

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4 in 10 cars sold globally are SUVs – making them No 2 driver of emissions growth

The increasing sales of SUVs are the second-largest contributor to the rise in global CO2 emissions, the International Energy Agency has found. Between 2010 and 2018, the higher polluting vehicles SUVs doubled their global market share from 17% to 39%, sending their annual emissions to more than 700 megatonnes of CO2. That’s more than the annual total emissions of the UK and the Netherlands combined.

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The IEA figures show that four in 10 cars sold worldwide last year were SUVs. In Europe, more than one in three cars sold were from that segment; in the US it’s one of every two cars sold.

Only the power drove a larger increase in carbon emissions, the IEA said. While highly profitable for carmakers to sell, SUVs are heavier and less aerodynamic – and therefore less fuel-efficient – than other cars.

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World’s biggest truckmaker rules out gas trucks in pursuing carbon neutrality

The world’s biggest truck manufacturer, Daimler, has said it will no longer develop fossil gas-powered trucks as they will not advance its goal of offering a carbon-neutral fleet. Daimler Trucks said it would instead invest in electric and hydrogen lorries.

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Noting that gas engines are fossil-based Daimler Trucks and Bus head Martin Daum said the company was not going to ‘spend a lot of money on something that does not have a long-term future, when we can use that money much better elsewhere.’

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MEP’s from Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania oppose part of the Macron Package

Bulgaria mulls taking Macron’s ‘mobility package’ to EU court

Bulgaria mulls taking Macron’s ‘mobility package’ to EU court

Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania oppose part of the changes.

The “Macron Package” introduces new rules for posted drivers, including a higher minimum wage and regulation of their stay in proper accommodation or in Safe and Secure Parking Places. The most contentious issue is the return of empty trucks to their country of origin once every four weeks. This would prevent transport companies from Central and Eastern Europe from providing their services to the market of Western Europe, the so-called “cabotage”.

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The EU Mobility Packages – Europe on the Move

Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen

Transport and mobility policies look set to go into overdrive under the next European Commission, as a heady mix of climate change ambition and competition concerns dictate the direction of travel. This is what the vision looks like.

Incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen built support for her candidacy by pledging to put green policies at the heart of her five-year-long mandate. Her nominations for Commissioners have largely reflected that promise.

“It is great to see the challenge being recognised in the appointment of Timmermans as vice-president for the EU Green Deal. This is a major assignment. Reaching climate-neutrality won’t be easy,” according to policy analyst Annika Herdberg.

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Preventing lorries being used as weapons (‘VAWS’)

Countering Vehicle as a Weapon: Best Practice Guidance for Goods Vehicle Operators and Drivers has just been released by the UK Department for Transport and addresses VAW attacks, writes Tim Norris of Ashtons LegalSolicitors.  

VAW stands for ‘Vehicle as a Weapon’.  Such an attack requires relatively low-level preparation and little or no training but is potentially devastating in its impact. The guidance categorises all goods vehicles within that term to include anything from a small van to a large lorry.  

Best Practice Guidance covers:

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Driver CPC – two months to go for the deadline of 9 September 2019

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Only 2 months to go for professional truck, bus and coach drivers’ to complete their Driver CPC training before the September deadline.

All drivers need to make sure they’ve completed 7 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2019.

 

Check how much training your driver/drivers’ have done

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IVECO S-WAY launched

YOUR HOME FROM HOME

With a brand-new cab, outstanding fuel efficiency and advanced technology & connectivity, the IVECO S-WAY truck is a complete transport solution designed to provide excellent life on board conditions to drivers and offerings a winning solution to owners by enhancing their competitiveness and Total Cost of Ownership.

It is set to be the aspirational truck of every driver: designed around their needs, the new cab is spacious, rich in comfort features and advanced technologies. It truly is your home from home. IVECO S-WAY is a 100% connected truck which opens a new era in fleet management and onboard living. Its advanced connectivity ensures that drivers are always in contact with their fleet manager, IVECO support specialists and the IVECO dealer network so that they’re never alone on the road.

IVECO S-WAY. DRIVE THE NEW WAY

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Enforcement of road transport rules must be a top priority for the EU after elections

In light of the European elections, IRU and ETF – the EU social partners for Road Transport – call on the European Commission and Parliament to put enforcement at the top of the EU transport agenda for the next legislative term.

Enforcement is the mechanism by which authorities ensure that rules are being followed and applied. In mobile services like road transport, it can be difficult for inspectors to keep track of activity, but the digitalisation of enforcement will be a game changer. New technologies will make it easier to ensure fair and efficient implementation of the European rules applicable to commercial road transport operators and drivers, which could offer a better functioning EU road transport and logistics market. Through digitalisation and the use of widely interoperable data platforms and risk-rating systems, enforcement could better target threats and risks and therefore become more efficient.

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EU Court issues warning to employers on working time rules

European Court reminds employers to properly record working time

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) last week delivered its judgment in a working time dispute between a Spanish trade union and Deutsche Bank.

The decision serves as a warning to employers to make sure employees’ working time is properly recorded and that employees take adequate rest breaks.

EU working time laws

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With the new EU rules for cabin camping: ‘Fines for cabin camping only in the act’

Fines for cabin camping only in the act

With the new rules for cabin camping, truck drivers do not have to prove that they have spent the normal weekly rest (the 45-hour rest) outside the cabin. That is what the German branch organization DSLV says.

According to DSLV, the European Commission wrote this to the IRU.Enforcement officers are not allowed to ask drivers for proof that the 45-hour rest was not spent in the cabin. An invoice from a hotel or other proof is therefore no longer necessary’

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Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in commercial vehicles

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Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and the advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022 and as from May 2024 for existing models.

  • Cars, vans, trucks and buses to be equipped with advanced safety features
  • Cyclists and pedestrians will be better protected
  • In 2018, 25 100 people died in accidents on EU roads

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Truck cabin camping is no longer there

Cabin camping is no longer there

Truck cabin camping, spending 45 hours of rest (or longer) in the cabin, is banned by the European Parliament, even if it happens in a secure parking place. That is one of the results of the vote that the EP held on Thursday about the Mobility Package.

“We can see that the European Parliament understands some aspects that have helped the market, but limits the necessary flexibility to others”

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Spain: First € 2000 fine for taking 45h regular weekly rest in the cabin

EU Transport ministers agree on social standards for professional truck and bus/coach drivers
The fine, issued by the Government of Cantabria in March 2019 provided that during a routine check a weekly rest equal to or more than 45 hours was made in inside the vehicle.
The particularity of the case is that the driver previously took a regular 45-hour rest in Italy, without providing any evidence of staying in a hotel. Subsequently, in Spain, the driver was taking another weekly rest in the cabin, also exceeding 45 hours and without presenting evidence of staying in a hotel.

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The number of alcohol and drug offences among truck and coach drivers has doubled since 2018 across Europe

From 19 to 24 February, a Europe-wide TISPOL enforcement operation focusing on trucks and buses took place. The safety of commercial goods and passenger transport was central to the operation, which involved coordinated police controls in 29 participating  countries.

According to the latest results from 20 countries, 103,515 trucks and 18,047 buses were checked.

More than 33,000 violations were found (trucks: 30,014, buses: 3,371)

There were 2,092 occasions where a vehicle was prohibited from travelling any further due to its dangerous condition (2,046 trucks and 46 buses).

On average, violations or faults were found in 29% of trucks and 18% of buses.

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