Green lanes to keep freight moving across the EU

Border checks, health screening to take not more than 15 minutes

The green lane border crossings should be open to all freight vehicles, whatever goods they are carrying, stipulated the Commission in the published on Monday practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU. Member States are requested to designate, without delay, all the relevant internal border-crossing points on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) as ‘green lane' border crossings as to ensure that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate. 

Other practical advice foresees the entire duration of the process on crossing the border, together with checks and health screening, to be not more than 15 minutes. Checks and screening should be carried out without drivers having to leave their vehicles, and drivers themselves should undergo only minimal checks. Drivers of freight vehicles should not be asked to produce any document other than their identification and driving license and if necessary a letter from the employer. The electronic submission or display of documents should be accepted.

Our guidance document is intended to protect the EU's supply chains in these difficult circumstances, and to make sure both goods and transport workers are able to travel to wherever they are needed – without delay, Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean stated.

The green lanes are also specifically designed to protect transport workers at the frontline of this crisis, she said adding that this set of recommendations will ease their already stressful mission and it will bring more safety and predictability to their work.

According to the guidance no freight vehicle or driver should face discrimination, irrespective of origin and destination, the driver's nationality or the vehicle's country of registration. In light of the current situation, Member States are also urged to temporarily suspend all road access restrictions currently in place in their territory, such as weekend, night and sectoral bans.

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