New EU regulations for Road Freight Transports in 2022

From February 2022 on, some new regulations will come into force in the EU, which will affect many areas of road freight transport. These measures are intended to improve the rights of truck drivers, especially their working time, the minimum wage, but also the protection of other road users.

We have already reported on the adoption of the EU Mobility Pact in a blog article and now the following new regulations resulting from it, will be introduced in 2022:

Adhere to break after cabotage

The term cabotage refers to the provision of transport services within a country by a foreign transport company. The basic rule states that after the truck is fully unloaded in the receiving country, a total of three so-called cabotage transports can be performed in the next seven days, or one transport within three days. Since February 21, 2022, a new law states that after the last cabotage, a “cooling off” of the truck must take place. This lasts four days and prevents further carriage by the truck in the host country within the time limit.

Business trips for carriers

In order for road freight drivers’ wages to adjust accordingly for deliveries to EU countries with a higher cost of living, truck drivers will have to be registered as “employees on business trips” since February 2022. This also applies to the above-mentioned cabotage trips. The purpose of the new regulation is to adjust drivers’ working hours and rest periods and also to increase competition on local markets. The aim is to regulate competitive advantages.

Documenting border crossings

Truck drivers must now make a stop after each border crossing and document the country whose border has just been crossed in the tachograph. This does not apply to automatic tachographs. The new regulation has been applies since February 2, 2022.

Return obligation of the truck

Since February 21, 2022, all vehicles used for cross-border journeys requiring authorization must return to their country of establishment once within eight consecutive calendar weeks.

Assistance systems become mandatory

For new vehicles, the package of measures adopted by the European Parliament in 2019 came already gradually come into force in 2022 and are still going on. In 2024, all measures are to be fully implemented. These include, for example, automatic warning pedestrian and cyclist detection systems, especially for trucks. This would mean that drivers would no longer have to rely solely on their mirrors. Furthermore, as of July 6 2022, a built-in temperature and tire pressure sensor will become mandatory in newly registered trucks, semitrailers and trailers. Two years later, this obligation will then apply accordingly to all newly manufactured trucks.

Approval requirement from 2.5t

As of May 21, 2022, all cross-border road freight transport with vehicles over 2.5t GVW will be subject to authorization. This means that the strict market access rules of the European Union also apply to companies that use rather light transport vehicles.

Source: www.dvz.de / www.ihk.de
Janine Wolff
Janine Wolff is a business economist and design enthusiast, has a passion for blogging and traveling and is our Junior Social Media and Content Manager at Saloodo!.

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