Road transport: Driving, breaks, rest times and tachographs

28-06-2018

In 2015, road haulage accounted for almost 50 % of freight transport. The EU has developed a range of social and market rules to contribute to the setting up of a fair, well-functioning, safe and socially sustainable road transport sector. The Driving Time and Tachograph regulations were adopted to improve drivers’ working conditions and road safety, as well as to enhance compliance with the rules, and competition between road operators. In the context of the European Commission’s 2017 ‘Europe on the move’ package, the current proposal aims to remedy shortcomings of the Driving Time and Tachograph Regulations, on which a broad consensus has emerged: lack of clarity, non-uniform implementation, insufficient enforcement and need for strengthened cooperation between Member States and authorities. The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted a report and a mandate to start trilogue negotiations. However, during the June plenary session, the Parliament did not endorse the mandate. Hence, according to the rules of procedure, the TRAN report will be put to the vote during the July plenary. The Estonian and Bulgarian Presidencies have made progress on the file but could not reach a general approach. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing.

In 2015, road haulage accounted for almost 50 % of freight transport. The EU has developed a range of social and market rules to contribute to the setting up of a fair, well-functioning, safe and socially sustainable road transport sector. The Driving Time and Tachograph regulations were adopted to improve drivers’ working conditions and road safety, as well as to enhance compliance with the rules, and competition between road operators. In the context of the European Commission’s 2017 ‘Europe on the move’ package, the current proposal aims to remedy shortcomings of the Driving Time and Tachograph Regulations, on which a broad consensus has emerged: lack of clarity, non-uniform implementation, insufficient enforcement and need for strengthened cooperation between Member States and authorities. The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted a report and a mandate to start trilogue negotiations. However, during the June plenary session, the Parliament did not endorse the mandate. Hence, according to the rules of procedure, the TRAN report will be put to the vote during the July plenary. The Estonian and Bulgarian Presidencies have made progress on the file but could not reach a general approach. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing.