In a snapshot:
Since 21st June 2014, the Belgian government has imposed a ban on drivers taking their regular weekly rest time (45hrs) in the cabin of their truck. Drivers will face a fine of 1800 euro. An additional fine of 1500 euro will be imposed on all drivers exercising activity on Belgian soil without the appropriate documentation such as consignment note and CMR.
On 11th July, France adopted a law imposing a company fine of EUR 30,000 and 1 year imprisonment if truck drivers are caught taking their regular weekly rest in the cabins.
FEDEMAC considers these sanctions to be highly disproportionate and unacceptable. The lack of practical guidelines to implement these new laws makes it impossible for hauliers to know what is acceptable.
Please download the complete Position Paper here.