Denmark’s first cabotage inspections of the year yielded up to 62,500 euros-worth of fines in just three days. Both Danes and foreign nationals were fined during the checks, which were conducted in 7 regions.
According to lastbilmagasinet.dk, fines were handed out not only due to cabotage violations, but also false or missing certificates, plus documentation errors, vehicle defects and unpaid tolls.
On of the largest fines was given to a Danish/Polish company whose 45-year-old driver was arrested for cabotage violations and incomplete documentation. The violations cost the firm 8,800 euros. A Danish forwarding company was also fined the same amount after its driver was found guilty of breaking cabotage rules.
It is worth bearing in mind that Denmark has new rules on posted workers this year.
All carriers and hauliers, both Danish and foreign, 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 also have to report each transport service in advance to the Danish Commercial Authority online via a new system dedicated to foreign transport.
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