Denmark to monitor cabotage via mandatory system for registering transports

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As we reported last month, Denmark shall introduce a new minimum wage for all lorry drivers working within the country as of January 1st. In order to monitor compliance with this act, the Danish authorities require transports to be registered first.

All carriers and hauliers, both Danish and foreign, will soon have to pay their drivers DKK 164.96 (22.15 euros) an hour while they are working in Denmark. This includes cabotage operations.

In order to ensure compliance with the regulations, foreign companies that want to operate in the country will have to report each transport service in advance to the Danish Commercial Authority online via a new system dedicated to foreign transport.

The service has now been launched, and can be accessed here.
It is possible to register transports up to 7 days before they happen, or on the day of the transport itself at the latest. Once registering the transport, a PDF file will be created. This documentation must be available on board each lorry so that it can be presented to the police or the road traffic authorities. Compliance with the new rules will be subject to roadside checks, so having the documents at hand is important.

Police have said that they will not strictly enforce the rules in the first three months of the year. However, it naturally makes sense for hauliers to start using the system now and to avoid the possibility of being subject to a fine.

Those who haven’t used the system and don’t have the documents could end up being fined as much as 10,000 Danish Crowns, which is around 1,345 euros.