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From January 19th 2013, all new driving licences issued across the EU will be in
the form of a plastic "credit card," with a standard European format and tougher
security protection. The new European licence will progressively replace the more than 100
different paper and plastic models currently in use by more than 300 million drivers
across the EU.
EU launches clean fuel strategy.
The European Commission announced on 24 January 2013 an ambitious package of measures to
ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for
their design and use. Policy initiatives so far have mostly addressed the actual fuels and
vehicles, without considering fuel delivery and distribution.
European Unions land transport policy.
The aim of the European Unions land transport policy is to promote a mobility
that is efficient, safe, secure and environmentally friendly. This policy effects Road
Hualage companies, couriers and the general public, including tourists. The EU policy
objectives for road transport are therefore to promote efficient road freight and
passengers transport services, to create fair conditions for competition, to promote and
harmonise safer and more environmentally friendly technical standards, to ensure a degree
of fiscal and social harmonisation, and to guarantee that road transport rules are applied
effectively and without discrimination.
The existing legislation applying to courier and road transport delivery services
establishes common rules on access to the profession and to the market, sets minimal
standards for working time, driving time and rest periods (including enforcement and the
use of tachograph) for professional road transport, and sets minimum annual vehicle taxes,
as well as common rules for tolls and user charges for heavy goods vehicles. Moreover, it
harmonises the maximum weights and dimensions of road vehicles. Click here to view or download the EU lands transport policy brochure.
The Commission also promotes more and safer parking areas along the trans-european
road network. Sufficient parking areas along the European road transport network are
needed for lorries, vans and cars to allow drivers to rest. These areas must be adapted to
the needs of modern logistics in terms of capacity and must provide for a safe and secure
environment with adequate rest facilities for couriers or drivers with their cargo.
Although primarily a responsibility of the Member States, the Commission has undertaken a
row of initiatives with the aim to support and to coordinate the efforts of Member States
to provide an adequate number of parking and rest areas in order to face the continuous
growth of transport.
More detailed information on the above topics can
be obtained from The European Commission for Mobility and Transport.