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Parliamentary questions
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3 June 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-002961/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eugen Tomac (PPE)
 Subject: Protection of LGV drivers in parking areas and in transit

The lives of LGV drivers are no longer safe in the Calais area. For example, Mihai Spătaru, a Romanian driver, was stabbed in a parking area right in front of his wife. Many drivers and road haulage associations are reporting robberies, fuel theft or problems with stowaways seeking to enter the UK. In the meantime the French authorities appear unable to agree on the most effective way of preventing the numerous attacks taking place in the area.

Member States are required to ensure daily and weekly rest periods for drivers under optimum conditions in terms of safety, health and accommodation standards, in line with the provisions of the new EU mobility package. However, with lorry drivers in danger of being attacked, even in parking areas during their rest periods, it is clear that the relevant EU requirements are not actually being fulfilled.

1. How does the Commission plan to ensure that safety standards are upheld in parking areas and on major transit routes?

2. What support will it provide for efforts by Member States to protect LGV drivers from criminal acts?

Original language of question: RO
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