Eurovignette: We calls for level playing field and reinvestment into road

eurovignette
eurovignette

The European Parliament’s revision of the Eurovignette Directive is an opportunity to establish a fair road user charging system, which guarantees a level playing field between different modes, and reinvests revenue in the sector to incentivise cleaner, more efficient road transport.

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EU funding should focus on enabling cleaner and safer road transport

trucks highway green landscape
trucks highway green landscape

IRU shares its vision with the European Commission on the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework and calls for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds to be earmarked for road transport projects.

IRU strongly supports the EU financing instrument but eschews the allocation of funds away from the road transport sector.

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Mobility Package 3: Greater uptake of new technologies will support more efficient, greener and safer road transport

 

Trucks
Trucks

We welcome the publication of the last part of the European Commission’s Mobility Package. The new legislative proposals on CO2 standards for Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDVs), road safety and the digitalisation of freight transport documents are a welcome push for the further modernisation of the EU road transport industry.

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Traffic restrictions for trucks at Pentecost. Check where in Europe you can expect driving bans

Traffic restrictions for trucks
Traffic restrictions for trucks

In May Christians are celebrating the Day of Pentecost or Church Feast of the Pentecost. In most European countries, it is celebrated on May 21. This involves additional traffic restrictions.

In addition to permanent traffic bans, some countries, such as Germany and France, have introduced additional restrictions due to Pentecost Day.

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DAF partners with VDL for fully Electric trucks

DAF VDL CF Electric
DAF VDL CF Electric
  • State-of-the-art DAF CF Electric trucks put into operation
  • Zero emissions in city distribution
  • Ultra-low noise for quiet night-time deliveries
  • Tractor weight                                  9,700 kg
  • Electric motor                                   210 kW
  • Torque                                              2,000 Nm
  • Capacity batteries                           170 kW
  • Full electric vehicle range               100 km
  • Quick battery charge                      30 minutes
  • Full battery charge                          1.5 hours

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France: Scam discovered at the Digital Tachograph

digitacho
digitacho

During a routine check at the end of March by the Regional Department for Spatial Planning, Environment and Housing (Dreal) in the Center-Val de Loire department, officials discovered a form of electronic tachograph fraud that had previously been unknown in France. It was discovered by a stopped truck of a Polish transporter, whose tachograph registered a rest period during the current journey. The difference between the number of kilometres travelled and the remaining data stored by the device made the inspectors suspicious.

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Police Luxembourg goes electric

Tesla Model S Police Car
Tesla Model S Police Car

At the end of April, two Tesla Model S was being put into service by the Police Luxembourg.

Electric vehicles will be more and more present on our roads in the future. It is a less known technology that will raise new challenges. A key question is whether such vehicles are suitable for use by administrations, especially in law enforcement. The Police Luxembourg has a very good organized maintenance service, to follow this project closely and make an in-depth analysis.

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800 Nikola hydrogen trucks to cart Budweiser around the US

The so-called Nikola One is a clean-burning big rig with a claimed range of 800 to 1,200 mi (1,287 to 1,931 km)

There’s a bit happening in the future of trucking, with ever-advancing autonomous and clean energy technologies promising to shake things up in a big way. And American brewhouse Anheuser-Busch has its finger on the pulse, its latest move in the area involving a pre-order of hundreds of hydrogen-electric trucks from startup Nikola Motors.

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What the Road Enforcement Officers will be able to read in advance from your Smart Tachograph!

Road Enforcement Officers

The fourth-generation digital tachograph will be smart and will catch the cheaters.

What will be possible in the future?

One of the most comprehensive features of the upcoming Digital Tachograph is a check of the truck in passing by. The Road Enforcement Officers can then examine whether there are grounds for suspecting a breach of social regulations.

But what does that mean in practice – and what not?

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European Parliament votes to modernise training for driver cpc

driver cpc
The European Parliament overwhelmingly adopted the proposal improving the training of professional drivers during its plenary session in Strasbourg today.

The Commission had proposed to enhance rules on professional drivers’ training to improve road safety standards in February 2017, as a revision to Directive 2003/59/EC.

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The list of deadly sins for a transport operator

heavy traffic moving at speed on the motorway

To pursue the occupation of road transport operator is in Regulation EC 1071/2009 and in force since December 2011, it continues to apply.
The new Regulation EU 2016/403 supplements the list of “Deadly Sins” and divide the violations into new categories and type, in force since January 2017

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Fine of € 36,147 to a Polish Transport Operator, in Italy

Polizia Stradale
Polizia Stradale

At a routine roadside checkpoint near Modena (ITA), a polish HGV was stopped. When the Polizia Stradale was to download the data from the tachograph they discovered that the driver’s card was inserted a few seconds before during driving, making it impossible to check driving and rest times for the last 36 hours.

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Tesla Semi Elektric Truck takes off with its first load

Tesla Semis leave the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada
Tesla Semis leave the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada

Tesla made quite a statement when it finally unveiled its all-electric long haulier last year, listing some truly impressive numbers in terms of range and acceleration. The might of the Tesla Semi’s is now being put to the test, with a production model rolling out of the Gigafactory with a load onboard for the very first time.

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France: police slap four drivers with €50 vouchers for good driving…

Police in Dordogne hand out €50 petrol vouchers to four considerate drivers

Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie

Four drivers in Dordogne were pulled over by police – and given a €50 voucher for petrol as a reward for good driving. All four were French living in the department.

It was part of an initiative set up by the local Prefecture, Gendarmerie and the France Bleu Périgord radio station and followed a government announcement in January, which included ways to reward good drivers among a series of measures to reduce fatalities on France’s roads. 

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THE DAF DRIVER CHALLENGE 2018

THE DAF DRIVER CHALLENGE 2018
THE DAF DRIVER CHALLENGE 2018

Once again DAF Trucks is searching for Ireland and or UK’s best truck driver and this year you can apply yourself or nominate someone else.

Through DAF’s selection process they shall whittle down all the entries to twenty finalists who will attend a 2-day event at Millbrook Proving Ground, designed to put their driver skill and knowledge to the ultimate test.

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