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

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

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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 (NLA – Scandinavia), SKAL (Finnish Transport and Logistics – Finland), ALT (Finnish Employers’ Federation of Road Transport – Finland), Swedish Association of Road Transport Companies (SÅ – Sweden), Norwegian Road Transport Association (NLF – Norway) and Danish Transport and Logistics (DTL – Denmark.)

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Major names are confirmed for Coach & Bus UK 2019

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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, Director of Irizar UK, space for stands is already limited with just 15% remaining and seven months until the doors open.

What to expect

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Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new cars in Europe within three years

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The European Parliament has agreed that all new cars will be fitted with speed limiters. The move is part of a series of measures backed by MEPs  to make a variety of safety systems compulsory. The intelligent speed assistance (ISA) systems will use road sign recognition or GPS data to determine local speed limits and limit a vehicle’s speed to within that.

The mandatory fitting of ISA was approved by MEPs following proposals by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).  ETSC says that making speed limiters mandatory will reduce traffic collisions by 30 per cent and could save 25,000 lives within 15 years of being introduced.

Under the proposal, all new cars sold from 2022 will be required to have ISA.

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

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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 speed limits on rural roads, including Sweden at 70km/h with 27 deaths per million inhabitants. Norway (26), Switzerland (26), Denmark (37) and the Netherlands (37) all set the limit at 80km/h.

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Just 60 trucks allowed to cross the Irish border after Brexit

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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 in the Belfast Telegraph, only 60 lorries will be allowed to cross if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead. Seamus Leheny said:

“It’s to stop the European market being flooded by hauliers from other countries who could possibly do it cheaper and undermine the internal market,”

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European drivers may be wary of cars that stop them from speeding

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Fully automated driving may be years away, but a new EU law being debated by legislators would mandate some semi-autonomous features in new cars, such as intelligent speed assistance. And the auto industry is worried about driver backlash.

In the 1970s, as the technology to automate vehicle transmission started being deployed on a wide scale in the United States, Europeans said no thank you.

Forty years later, that reticence to give up control over shifting gears has remained in Europe, where automatic cars make up only 20% of vehicles on the road today. Contrast that to the US, where 96% of vehicles are automatic.

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MEPs adopt revised rules for road haulage operations in another EU country

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New provisions to tackle letterbox companies, improve enforcement of cabotage rules and prevent fraud in road transport were adopted by the Transport Committee on Thursday 10 Jan 2019.

MEPs want companies to be entitled to make deliveries within another EU country for three days after a cross-border delivery to improve enforceability and help avoid “empty runs” of trucks. Current legislation allows for three operations within seven days.

To prevent systemic cabotage, after this period, trucks will not be permitted to carry out new cabotage operations in the same country within two and a half days after they return to their country of establishment.

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UK Border crossings – Secure your vehicle to help stop illegal immigration

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How road transport companies and their drivers must secure their vehicles to stop people using them to enter the UK illegally and to avoid being fined.

In the UK, a vehicle driver, owner or hirer can be fined up to £2000 for every ‘clandestine entrant’, a person who hides in or on a vehicle to avoid UK border control, who tries to enter the UK.

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First TIR truck trip between China and Europe, 50 percent cheaper than air transport and 30 to 50 percent faster than train transport

First TIR truck trip between China and Europe

A truck from the Dutch transport company Alblas took 13 days to cover the 7000 kilometer stretch between the Chinese border with Kazakhstan and Poland

For the first time, a truck has connected China with Europe in a continuous overland journey under the conditions of the Carnet TIR procedure.

Read moreFirst TIR truck trip between China and Europe, 50 percent cheaper than air transport and 30 to 50 percent faster than train transport