Provisional agreement on the Mobility Package

If finally adopted, it will destroy the business of tens of thousands of road haulage companies from CEECs

Photo: EP The Mobility Package I negotiating team.

The Finnish Presidency of the Council, the Commission and the negotiating team from the EP have reached today a provisional agreement on the Mobility Package I that is unifying the EU rules for road transport and working conditions of drivers. The deal is still subject to final approval of the Council and EP plenary.

The period of introduction of smart tachograph on the vehicles doing road haulage operations in another EU country, will be up to 2025 – for the trucks and 2026 – for the light commercial vehicles, which were also included in the scope of the package. There will be regular return after 8 weeks of the vehicle to the country of company establishment, and the drivers should go back to their home country after 4 weeks. In addition, the drivers should use hotels for their night rest as they will not be able to sleep in the cabins for more than 45 hours.

Saying that the deal ensures fair competition, road safety and improved working conditions,  MEP Henna Virkkunen (EPP, FI), pointed out and it’s crucial for the functioning single market.  She labelled it as “a good deal” and mentioned that this has been a very difficult process. “There were very different opinions between the member states, also of the members in the Parliament, different stakeholders. I think it’s very balanced compromise we have reached.”

According to Katerina Konecna (GUE/NGL, CZ), who is also part of the Parliament's negotiating team, mobility package will help drivers and European business since there will finally be a clarity on the rules. European drivers deserve the best possible conditions since they work very hard and I know we would all appreciate to know, they are well rested while driving a heavy-vehicles on European roads. Posting of drivers is therefore mainly about social justice and road safety, she said.

The controversies around this package has been ongoing for almost three years. Against the three directives included were Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania Romania and Poland. Their argument was that this package would destroy the business of tens of thousands of road haulage companies from Central and Eastern Europe. But the balance of power in the Parliament and afterwards in the Council did not allow the opponents of the package to change its provisions.

We together with other EU countries will file a lawsuit in the European Court of Justice if the EP endorses the Mobility Package as it was agreed today, Rossen Jeliazkov, Bulgaria's Transport Minister said.

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