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Road transport: Driving, breaks, rest times and tachographs [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Damiano Scordamaglia (2nd edition),

Updated on 28.6.2018

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In 2015, road haulage accounted for almost 50 % of freight transport. The EU has developed a range of social and market rules to contribute to the setting up of a fair, well-functioning, safe and socially sustainable road transport sector. The Driving Time and Tachograph regulations were adopted to improve drivers’ working conditions and road safety, as well as to enhance compliance with the rules, and competition between road operators. In the context of the European Commission’s 2017 ‘Europe on the move’ package, the current proposal aims to remedy shortcomings of the Driving Time and Tachograph Regulations, on which a broad consensus has emerged: lack of clarity, non-uniform implementation, insufficient enforcement and need for strengthened cooperation between Member States and authorities.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted a report and a mandate to start trilogue negotiations. However, during the June plenary session, the Parliament did not endorse the mandate. Hence, according to the rules of procedure, the TRAN report will be put to the vote during the July plenary. The Estonian and Bulgarian Presidencies have made progress on the file but could not reach a general approach.

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 as regards on minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation (EU) No 165/2014 as regards positioning by means of tachographs.
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2017) 277 of 31.5.2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0122(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Wim van de Camp (EPP, The Netherlands)
Shadow rapporteurs:




Isabella De Monte (S&D, Italy)
Roberts Zīle (ECR, Latvia)
Gesine Meissner (ALDE, Germany)
Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL, Finland)
Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, France)
Keith Taylor (Greens/EFA, UK)
Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy)
Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary


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