FEDEMAC would like to inform its Members that on the 25th of May 2017 the anticipated ban on spending the regular weekly rest in the cabin of the vehicle enters into force in Germany.
FEDEMAC reminds that the law prohibits the regular weekly rest (45 hours) in the cabin of the truck or in unsuitable accommodation. Any situation in which the driver stays in the vehicle’s immediate proximity or lacking a bed that can be used by the driver outside the vehicle is considered as unsuitable and fines will be imposed. In case a driver is found spending his regular rest in the cabin or in another place which is not equipped with the suitable sleeping facilities, this will be considered as not taking the regular weekly rest at all (proportionally).
In the case of infringement a fine will be imposed on both the driver and the haulier:
· 60 EUR per hour of falling short of the rest for the driver;
· The transport operator - 180 EUR per hour of falling short of the rest, due to the fact that the company failed to follow the law
The law can be consulted here (only in German) -
We will keep monitoring the situation and will inform our Members as soon as new information is available.