A “Road Transport Alliance” to tackle unfair competition in road freight has been launched by nine European countries.
It is made up of EU transport ministers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, and Sweden.
The alliance hopes to deal with issues such as fraud, the misuse of internal market and labour law rules, and social dumping. The alliance is set to:
1.Bring together certain measures implementing European regulations, in particular social ones, to facilitate their enforcement by operators.
2.Improve control practices on the basis of its mutual experiences and strengthen its cooperation in order to make the fight against fraud regarding social, safety and labour rules and abusive practices more effective.
3.Define common positions for the future of European road haulage policy aimed.
The alliance has outlined eight key actions plans:
1: To implement measures guaranteeing the driver’s right to a balance between work and private life
2: To strengthen measures concerning light commercial vehicles involved in international freight transport.
3: To facilitate the use of electronic consignment note (e-CMR) by encouraging the accession to the additional protocol to the UN Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR) (19 May 1956) towards recognition of e-CMR
4: To exchange the most relevant data from national control bodies to benefit from feedback and better target controls.
5: To share innovative initiatives targeting cabotage evaluation and control systems that ensure high quality transport for exemplary companies.
6: To strengthen the exchange of national control practices in the fight against fraud through existing multilateral bodies
7: Develop cross-border exchanges for an enhanced enforcement of the rules applicable to road haulage, in particular to investigate the complex processes involved in the fraud regarding establishment rules (“letterbox undertakings”) and tachograph fraud.
8: To defend a common position within the bodies of the International Transport Forum (ITF – ECMT) to ensure the sustainability of a system for a controlled evolution of the market.