Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General of CLECAT, said: ‘It is unfortunate that there was no majority for the TRAN compromise on the market and social issues which was the result of long and intense discussions in the TRAN Committee and with the sector. This ensured a balanced series of reports and careful consideration of the cross-border nature of international road transport.’
In a vote on Wednesday, the Full House rejected Transport Committee amendments to the proposals on updating drivers’ rest time rules, cabotage and posting of drivers and referred them back to the committee for further consideration, in accordance with Rule 59(4) of Parliament’s rules of procedure.
The European Union’s efforts to reduce the negative impacts of transport include promoting a shift from road freight transport to lower-emission transport modes. This also includes combined transport operations, which consist of at least one road leg for initial or final haulage and one non road leg on rail or water. The 1992 Combined Transport Directive set out measures that were meant to increase the competitiveness of combined transport against road-only transport. In 2017, 25 years after the directive entered into force, the Commission conducted a legislative review and proposed to simplify the existing rules and make combined transport more attractive by means of economic incentives. The initiative is part of the ‘mobility package’, a set of legislative proposals presented by the Commission to make EU transport safer, greener and more modern. In the European Parliament, the TRAN committee is due to vote on its report in July, while the Council has found solutions to several issues, and published a progress report on 18 May 2018.
MEPs decided to vote on the proposals for drivers’ rest periods, posting of drivers and rules to tackle illegal practices in road transport in the July plenary session.
Today a ceremony celebrating the breakthrough in the second tube of the Bossler Tunnel, on the Stuttgart-Ulm line (Rhine-Danube Corridor) took place in Stuttgart. This Action will lead to significant reduction of travel times on the line.