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Transport Committee approves major reform of road transport sector
Transport Committee MEPs endorsed on Monday the deal reached with EU ministers on a major reform of the road transport sector.
The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host member state) aim to put an end to distortion of competition in the road transport sector and provide better rest conditions for drivers.
Better working conditions for drivers
Fairer competition and fighting illegal practices
Clear rules on posting of drivers
Confirming its decision from January, the Transport and Tourism Committee supported in second reading all three social and market access files. The Rapporteurs’ recommendations were adopted without amendments and received:
30 votes in favour, 19 against and no abstentions for clear rules on posting of drivers;
33 votes in favour, 15 against and 1 abstention for the drivers’ rest times;
33 votes in favour, 16 against and no abstentions for new rules on market access and cabotage.
A provisional agreement was already reached between the Council presidency and the European Parliament in December 2019. The Transport Committee first backed the deal with the EU Ministers on 21 January. The Council adopted the reform on 7 April.
The full house will vote on the reform during its July session. The new rules will be considered to be adopted if no amendments are voted through with an absolute majority in favour (i.e. at least 353 votes).
The rules on posting will apply 18 months after the entry into force of the legal act. The rules on rest times, including the return of drivers, will apply 20 days after publication of the act. Rules on return of trucks and other changes to market access rules will apply 18 months after the entry into force of the act on market access.