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Pressing issue weekly rest period in the truck
According to a recent draft bill the German government plans to ban spending the regular weekly rest period in the truck. The German trade unions welcome the proposal which has been discussed at length. Nevertheless, they criticize the missing definition of the term “appropriate place to sleep” which is used in the bill to regulate the spending of the regular weekly rest period. The term leaves too much room for interpretation according to the trade unions. Just a few weeks ago, The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice stated that the spending of the regular weekly rest period in the truck is against European law. Belgium and France have already established respective laws, now Germany seems to follow.
Austria decides to improve the directive regulating the posting of drivers
Since 1st January 2017, companies engaged in cross-border transport to Austria have to register their drivers at least one week beforehand. Each driver has to be registered separately for each transport. Faced with massive criticism of the bureaucratic procedure especially by German bus and logistics companies situated in border areas, which have to invest a lot of time to comply with the new requirements, the Austrian government has now decided to facilitate the regulation. Similar to the arrangement in Germany, Austria intends to introduce a collective registration which addresses the needs of the transport sector. If the number of documents in German, which the driver has to carry with him, will be reduced has not yet been decided. The new regulation will be implemented mid 2017 at the earliest. Until then, the stricter rules still apply More (German only) »