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Parliamentary questions
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10 February 2021
Question for written answer  E-000822/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jadwiga Wiśniewska (ECR)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Protection of the rights of undertakings providing cross-border transport services

In September 2020, France introduced a rest requirement for drivers of vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes, despite the lack of hotel facilities. If they fail to comply with the new rules, transport operators will have to pay a fine of up to EUR 3 000.

Unfortunately, the accommodation available is of a very poor sanitary standard. During the pandemic, this exposes drivers to a serious risk of contracting Covid-19 and with it serious health problems. France is also not making available sufficient places in protected parking areas, meaning that drivers are forced to leave their loaded vehicles in unprotected parking areas. This results in frequent theft and substantial losses for the undertakings concerned.

In light of the above:

1. What action does the Commission intend to take to protect the rights of undertakings providing cross-border transport services within the EU?

2. Will the Commission engage in a dialogue with France to have its harmful and discriminatory legislation repealed, or at least suspended for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic?

3. Is the Commission working to establish standards and certification procedures for safe and secure parking areas, including appropriate rest facilities for drivers?

Original language of question: PL
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