The Mobility Package

The mobility package is a common regulatory framework within the EU that has been developed to:

  • Improve working conditions for drivers
  • Create clear and unambiguous rules for posting drivers
  • Create better compliance with current and new regulations in the fight against illegal methods

What has already been implemented is:

  • The driver must not spend the weekly rest (at least 45 hours) in the cab, but it must take place in suitable and accommodation with suitable facilities. The accommodation must be paid for by the haulier / employer.
  • The driver must be given the opportunity to return to his home country every 3 to 4 weeks.

The changes that will take effect in February 2022 are more extensive and mean that:

  • Posting of a driver must take place in the countries where the current driver will operate. Among other things, the employer must state the period with start and end dates for the assignment in each country. All information must be registered in IMI, which is an information system for the internal market
  • When the quota for cabotage transports has been filled, the crew and driver concerned are referred to leave the country in which the cabotage transports were carried out for a so-called cooling-off period, which must be for at least four days before being allowed to return.
  • Exceptions for cabotage transports (road section) for combined transports are abolished
  • Fthe order must return to the country of origin, the country in which the vehicle is registered, every eight weeks
  • The number of permitted cabotage transports will continue to be a maximum of three during a 7-day period after the end of international transport

The consequences of the steps already introduced together with the steps that will be introduced in the future will be as follows:

  • The lack of capacity and drivers will be even more palpable and extensive than it is already under the current strained situation
  • Increased, more complicated and expensive administration
  • More expensive overheads, reduced capacity and increased administration lead to increased shipping prices
  • Environmental impact

In addition to the above, further decisions will be implemented in the future as follows:

  • May 2022, light transport vehicles weighing over 2.5 tonnes will also be covered by EU haulage standards
  • During 2023-2025, “Smart tachograph version2” will be introduced. Initially, this will take place in new vehicles, but during the period also in older vehicles, so that by 2025 all affected vehicles will be present

We follow developments closely and will update our customers as we receive more information.