Europe

News about new EU regulations or facts happened outside the UK

Big fines and calls for HGV drivers to be “Covid test-ready”

HGV drivers in Kent have been fined more than £32,000 since 1st January 2021.

France to reopen borders with UK for HGV drivers

France has reopened its borders with the UK to truck drivers who test negative to Covid-19.

Ban on freight lorries to France – expect serious disruption

The ban, which came into effect at 11pm on Sunday 20th December, is expected to have a ‘devastating effect’ on the supply of food and other goods to Britain.

UK road haulage companies sign open letter to Brexit negotiators

A total of 33 road haulage associations from around Europe have signed an open letter calling on all parties to agree on a Brexit deal. Among them are the Road Haulage Association and Logistics UK.

Plans to build new Brexit lorry parks to reduce border chaos

The UK government is planning to build up to 29 new lorry parks across the UK as a way to deal with the additional border checks required after Brexit. Boris Johnson’s government has changed the law giving itself the authority to grant emergency planning permission for these sites. At the end of this year, Britain will leave the EU’s single market and customs union which means truck drivers will need to fill out customs declarations before crossing the border. The UK government realises it could take some trucking companies several weeks to adapt to the new checks. It predicts some truck drivers won’t have the right paperwork in place before attempting to cross the channel into the EU. To minimise disruption and to avoid long queues and chaos at the border, the plan is to build several lor...[Read More]

Brexit talks could stall over commercial vehicles’ EU access

It is reported that the EU is reluctant to agree to British demands for UK truckers to be able to work extensively across the bloc once the transition period ends in December.

Leaked post-Brexit document should be made public

The report outlines a worst case scenario, regardless of whether Boris Johnson secures a free trade agreement with Brussels.

Better working conditions for truck drivers? The reality

New EU rules on road transport aim to create better working conditions for truck drivers and ensure fair competition within the trucking industry. That all sounds great in theory, but what about the reality?

Slower recovery for UK haulage industry than European neighbours

Activity in the UK trucking industry is getting back to pre-coronavirus levels, but recovery is slower than its European counterparts.

EU trucking market set for €63 billion coronavirus loss

A new report suggests that revenue from road freight in Europe could drop by as much as €63 billion in 2020 as a result of the impact of coronavirus.

EU trucking reforms signed off with no amendments

Updates to EU trucking rules have been signed off by members of the European Parliament without the proposed amendments. A number of central and eastern European countries had been pushing for amendments to the reform package, but their pleas have been rejected.

Hyundai’s first fuel cell truck heads to Europe

The first of Hyundai’s fuel cell trucks has arrived in Switzerland. The ten Xcient Fuel Cell trucks will be available for lease and the truck manufacturer plans to ship another 40 to Switzerland this year.