European Transport & Logistics News

New European Driving Licence
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 Union’s land transport policy.
The aim of the European Union’s 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.

Parking areas
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.


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