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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
MEP Isabella De Monte championed the passenger transport aspects of the EU Mobility Package at a breakfast meeting in Brussels this week, in the run-up to first European Parliament votes next month.
Members of the European Parliament get the first-hand experience of an overnight stay in a truck with the benefits of safe and secure parking, in the run-up to the vote on the Mobility Package.
Goods transported under TIR are now admitted into the Eurasian Economic Union via three additional Russian border-crossings, which will supplement the current list of 45.
Following investigations by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), both Citi Bus Limited and Last Bus Limited of Moorhill House, Brannockstown, Co Kildare trading as Dublin Coach were before Naas District Court for breaches of tachograph and drivers’ hour’s regulations. Both companies operate a road passenger business.
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.
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.
Police in Dordogne hand out €50 petrol vouchers to four considerate drivers
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.
Operation Enable is being supported across Europe by TISPOL. This initiative, which has been very successful in the Republic of Ireland, targets motorists who fraudulently use disabled parking permits. Check out the attached letter to Irish Police Officers from the Irish Wheelchair Association: