The European Commission has issued instructions on how to reduce bottlenecks at border crossings, deploying new ‘green lanes’ designed to keep road freight moving during the coronavirus outbreak.
The new guidance asks member states to set up dedicated freight channels at borders across the trans-Europe transport network (aka TEN-T corridor).
Regardless of what freight a haulier is carrying, border crossings should take no longer than 15 minutes, according to the guidance. This is to counterbalance the measures introduced to reduce the spread of the virus which have often paralysed transport.
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called for an end to restrictions on driving at night or over the weekend and a reduction to the amount of paperwork at borders.
The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has responded by saying 15 minutes was still too long. The group’s general delegate, Raluca Marian stated: “We know by experience that a maximum of 15 minutes per truck will continue to result in huge delays and the situation will remain unchanged. There shouldn’t be any systematic checks at borders.”
The IRU has welcomed the news that all freight is eligible for the green lanes fast track system.