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

Written by Damiano Scordamaglia (4th edition, updated on 8.4.2019),

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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 the shortcomings of these regulations, on which a broad consensus has emerged: lack of clarity, non-uniform implementation, insufficient enforcement and a need for strengthened cooperation between Member States and authorities.

In June 2018, Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) adopted a report and the mandate to start interinstitutional negotiations. However, during the June 2018 plenary session, Parliament did not endorse the mandate and in July it rejected the report, referring it back to the committee. The Council reached a general approach on this proposal in December 2018, under the Austrian Presidency. On 10 January 2019, the TRAN committee failed to reach a new agreement on the proposal for plenary. In March, the Conference of Presidents decided to include this file on the agenda of the March II plenary session. After procedural complications, Parliament adopted its first-reading position during the subsequent plenary session, on 4 April 2019.

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Road transport: Driving, breaks, rest times and tachographs

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)
Keith Taylor (Greens/EFA, UK)
Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy)
Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiations

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