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Parliamentary questions
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5 February 2019
Question for written answer P-000685-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Andrey Novakov (PPE) , Andrey Kovatchev (PPE) , Eva Maydell (PPE) , Emil Radev (PPE) , Asim Ademov (PPE) , Vladimir Urutchev (PPE) , Andor Deli (PPE) , Peter Kouroumbashev (S&D) , Angel Dzhambazki (ECR)

 Subject:  Checks on regular weekly rest of a Bulgarian haulier by the French authorities
 Answer in writing 

On 21 January 2019, a Bulgarian haulier engaged in international operations was stopped by the French enforcement authorities near Toulouse. The French authorities checked the tachograph of the lorry and issued a fine to the driver to the sum of EUR 750, on the grounds that he had not been able to provide any hotel bills in proof of his weekly rest outside of the vehicle.

This action was considered justified under Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport.

We would like to recall the fact that this regulation is currently under revision as part of the Mobility Package I.

In this case, how is the Commission planning to protect hauliers against such inappropriate control practices on the part of some Member States, until the new EU legislation applies in the sector?

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