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Amendments of the German Driving Staff Act are in force
Since May 25th 2017, the new rules concerning the regular weekly rest period apply to all drivers in Germany. As of now, it is forbidden for drivers to remain inside the vehicle during the regular weekly rest period. They have to spend this period at a location where a “suitable sleeping facility” is provided. Despite demands made by German transport associations, this term was not specified further. The fines in case of violations will be higher than anticipated. Drivers will have to pay 500 Euro, companies up to 1500 Euro, according to the German Federal Office for Freight Transport (BAG). The amounts may still be adjusted, but will not change significantly. The BAG says, the fines were chosen to be that high intentionally to discourage the so-called highway nomads. The amendments were published in the Federal Law Gazette
EU presents new road transport initiatives
At the end of May, the European Commission in Brussels introduced its adjustment plans for the regulations in transport. The propositions are meant to help standardise and facilitate operations in logistics across Europe. For example, the EU plans to relax the rules about cabotage and abolish the limit of three trips per seven days. The regulations of minimum wage for posted drivers will be edited and become stricter. Also, after several countries like France, Belgium and most recently Germany have included a corresponding regulation, the ban on spending the regular weekly rest period in the vehicle will be embedded in European law. Other proposals concern shell companies, toll standards and calculation of carbon emissions.