Driver must be able to prove that he/she has not slept in cabin in France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Luemburg and Austria.

Truck Parking
Truck Parking

Enforcement on spending the weekend rest (45 hours) in the cabin seems to be much stricter in Europe than previously expected. Except in the act of committing, violations are fined in other countries. That reports the office in Germany and Netherland. The burden of proof is deposited with the driver and transport operator. “A fine is issued if the driver cannot prove that he has slept in a place other than the cabin”

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UK Drivers’ hours fines: changes from 5 March 2018

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
From Monday 5 March 2018, DVSA traffic examiners will start issuing on-the-spot fines for any drivers hours offences committed in the last 28 days.

Traffic examiners will issue fines for up to 5 drivers’ hour’s offences in a single check.

The change was first announced in September 2017, and we’re now able to confirm the start date.

Find out more about the changes to drivers’ hour’s fines.

EU Commission publishes ROADSEC Security Toolkit to address the growing threats of Cargo Crime, Stowaways and Terrorism

EU Commission

The European Commission’s new ROADSEC Security Toolkit is now available to download, providing clear operational guidance to help truck drivers, transport companies and other key stakeholders address the threats of cargo theft, stowaway entry to trucks, and terrorism on European roads.

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Spain to introduce fines for taking the weekly rest in the cabin

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Spain has also responded to the ruling of the European Court of Justice of 20 December 2017, which states that drivers may not take their regular weekly rest in the vehicle cabin.

 

Fenadismer, Federation of Transport Organisations in the Madrid Region, has confirmed that the Ministry of Infrastructure is working on amending the regulation which will introduce a ban on spending the regular 45-hour weekly rest in the cabin.

At the moment the amount of the fine is not known. The ban is expected to come into effect from 1 July 2018.

France: Speed Limited will be reduced to 80km/h on country roads

France: Tempo 80 on country roads
France: Tempo 80 on country roads

France reduces the speed limit to 80km/h on rural roads. The measure is one point in the catalogue of measures presented by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. The goal is to reduce the number of fatal accidents.

According to the French Ministry of Transport, in recent years there has been an increase of serious fatalities in French roads. France wants to take action against this trend. Following a meeting of the Standing Governmental Committee on Road Safety, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the following measures:

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One in 12 lorries is fitted with emission fraud device

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One in 12 commercial vehicles checked by DVSA examiners is fitted with an emission fraud device, the agency has revealed.

And following a series of roadside checks, DVSA examiners are now inspecting more than 100 operators’ vehicle fleets for emission cheat devices. It said that some of the companies being inspected operate up to 80 vehicles.

The DVSA found that the most common type of device found is an ‘emulator’, which stops the lorry’s existing emissions control system from working. The aim is to save money on maintenance and repairs.

Examiners checked 3,735 lorries between August and November and 293 of them had been fitted with fraud devices.

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Are you driving under influence of drugs because you have the flu?

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The number of flu cases expected to rise in the coming week’s drivers are being reminded to think road safety.

Many drivers are putting themselves at risk every winter by taking cough and cold remedies that could make them unsafe on the roads, road safety professionals have warned.

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European cities and automobile manufacturers kick off dialogue on urban vehicle access regulations

How do we get urban transport to work
How do we get urban transport to work

Brussels, 5 December 2017 – Today representatives from European cities and automobile manufacturers came together for the first time in order to explore solutions to the challenges of increasing urban road traffic.

The main purpose of this workshop, which gathered more than 70 stakeholders involved in urban mobility, was to exchange views, experiences and different perspectives on urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs), which are becoming more widespread throughout the EU. As well as cities and auto manufacturers, representatives of regions, research organisations, transport operators, motorists, shippers and retailers were present.

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Market surveillance to EU tire label: Not all offered commercial vehicle tires are as economical as stated.

Components of a truck tire
Components of a truck tire

Market surveillance to EU tire label: Not all offered commercial vehicle tires are as economical as stated.

Many commercial vehicle tires are obviously worse than the EU tire label identifies. This is pointed out by the German Rubber Industry Association (wdk) together with the EU market surveillance authorities, just under one-fifth of the tires tested were inferior to the rolling resistance efficiency class specified by the manufacturer or importer.

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Reorganization in the use of Tracktor/Trailer mixed comination in Germany

In Germany, registration-free trailers may only be towed by a tractor from the same country of origin.
In Germany, registration-free trailers may only be towed by a tractor from the same country of origin.

Foreign trailers and semi-trailers may only be used in Germany according to the DSLV if they are towed by a tractor vehicle from the same country of origin. An exception applies to trailers registered under the voluntary registration system in the UK.

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Belgium introduces further environmental zones

Belgium introduces further environmental zones
Belgium introduces further environmental zones

In Antwerp, the environmental zone already applies. Now Brussels is catching up and will close vehicles of the Euro emission standard 0 and 1 from traffic on 1 January 2018. Foreign vehicles must register individually for each city. On the homepage, www.lez-belgium.be drivers will find all information about the registration and the respective environmental zones.

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Jacky Perrenot targets 1,000 natural gas vehicles by 2020, with order for 250 Stralis NP heavy trucks

New STRALIS NP gas truck - IVECO
New STRALIS NP gas truck – IVECO

One of the largest transport firms in Europe has announced an order for 250 Stralis NP heavy trucks, with nearly 200 to feature the new Cursor 13 460 hp natural gas engine

Lyon, 23 November 2017

French transport firm Jacky Perrenot has announced an order for 250 Stralis NP trucks at the Solutrans trade show in Lyon, adding to the 250 Stralis NP 400 hp vehicles ordered last year. They will include nearly 200 vehicles with the new 460 hp natural gas engine launched last month, for operation throughout France.

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Fercam orders Tesla Electric Truck and reveals purchase price

Fercam oders Tesla Electric Truck and reveals purchase price
Fercam orders Tesla Electric Truck and reveals purchase price

The South Tyrolean transport and logistics company has reserved the semi-truck available from 2019 according to the manufacturer’s specifications and intends to use it in European long-distance traffic. The electric semi-trailer from California is said to cost around $ 250,000.

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Volvo Trucks and Renova test autonomous refuse truck

Volvo Trucks and Renova test autonomous refuse truck
Volvo Trucks and Renova test autonomous refuse truck

Refuse trucks operate in cities and towns. Their operating cycle is typically urban, and with almost a stop at every household to collect refuse. The stop-go operating cycle of refuse trucks leads to an amount of fuel wastage as well as increases a number of exhaust gases the truck emits. That is not the only issue with refuse trucks. These trucks also pose a challenge to the driver with their duty cycle. The stop-go operation often results in driver fatigue, and especially in an urban environment. Making a perfect candidate for alternate fuel technologies, like buses, refuse trucks have also been a subject of research for some time now.

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