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The EU Mobility Packages – Europe on the Move

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

With the new EU rules for cabin camping: ‘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 […]

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

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 […]

Truck 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 […]

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: […]

Europan Transport Operators ‘Hurry up with that Mobility Package!’

Eight European transport organizations want the European Parliament to finally decide on essential parts of the Mobility Package. This must be done before the European elections in May. The letter to the European Parliament was signed by Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung (BGL – Germany), Fédération Nationale des Transports Routiers (FNTR – France), Nordic Logistic Association […]

Major names are confirmed for Coach & Bus UK 2019

Coach & Bus UK 2019, the largest domestic trade show of its kind dedicated to the coach, bus and mini-vehicle sector, will return to the NEC Birmingham on 2-3 October. Following the success of 2017, which was dubbed “a tremendous showcase” by Giles Fearnley, First UK Bus MD, and a “phenomenal success” by Steve O’Neill, […]

Report on speeding and the vital role of in-vehicle technology

Speeding remains a significant problem in many European countries according to new research published yesterday by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). The findings come ahead of an important vote in the European Parliament on Thursday on the future mandatory in-vehicle safety technologies. Some of the countries with the best safety records in Europe have lower standard […]

Just 60 trucks allowed to cross the Irish border after Brexit

According to a representative of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), Seamus Leheny, said that many trucks coming from Northern Ireland will not be able to travel into the Republic after Brexit? Currently, 13,000 trucks cross the border from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland every day but according to some in the industry and as reported on […]