ESC calls on MEPs to reject Amendment 88 to the proposal on driving and rest time and to reject Amendment 125 to the proposal on posting of drivers. Certain changes suggested under the time pressure to be included in the legislation do not thoroughly consider the impact they will have on the implementation and enforcement processes. These changes create inconsistencies with other provisions of the package or jeopardise the sound (although not perfect) negotiating basis the TRAN committee had adopted.
European Shippers’ Council is supporting Freight Transport Association, the European Express Association, FTA Ireland, and ESC member evofenedex (the Dutch Shippers’ Council) in the joint statement on light commercial vehicles and tachographs ahead of the Plenary vote on drivers’ hours and posting of drivers.
We call on MEPs to reject Amendment 88 to the proposal on driving and rest time: this amendment, tabled for the July plenary session, proposes to include all vans, without any criteria, in the scope of drivers’ hours rules, also if the main activity of the driver does not constitute driving. This approach disregards the cost implications for van operators and creates serious enforcement issues. Please read more in the joint statement.
We call on MEPs to reject to reject Amendment 125 to the proposal on posting of drivers: this amendment to the Kyllönen report introduces a very early roll-out deadline for smart tachographs (2 January 2020). It is assumed the objective is to improve enforcement based on location of vehicles. However, the smart tachograph does not exist yet. Please read more in the joint statement.