The European Commission published its European Mobility and Transport Package on the 31 May 2017. The political arena of the UK may be uncertain with the vote to leave the EU, however decisions of the Commission will still impact upon the UK transport industry. Those who operate a standard international licence and operate outside the scope of Great Britain will need to be aware of these changes.

The Commission focuses on a number of initiatives that include making traffic safer, encourage smart road charging, reduce CO2 emissions, air pollution and congestion, cut red tape for businesses, fight illicit employment and ensure proper rest times for workers. It says that the EU will drive this transition through targeted legislation and supporting measures.

Proposals look to extend the current curtailment of cabotage from a maximum of 3 cabotage operations within 7 days of the international delivery to unlimited cabotage operations within 5 days of the international delivery. The rationale behind this change is that there will be less empty runs and thus sparing fuel. The rules aim to extend beyond the regulation of 7.5 tonne vehicles to include those vehicles under 3.5 tonne.

What does this mean for drivers?

Well it proposes changes to rest times and driving aiming to increases drivers time spent at home. It proposes that over a four week period the driver would be able to take up to 2 reduced rest periods in a row, on the proviso that compensation for the reduced rest must be added to the next regular weekly rest.

What does this mean for employers?

Well the cost of accommodation in order to facilitate the driver during the regular weekly rest during those long distance transport operations, as drivers will no longer be allowed to spend their weekly rest in the wagon.

Are you a standard international licence holder? Do you require advice on these changes? Farleys Solicitors can provide expert transport law advice. Call 0845 287 0939 or submit your enquiry online.