The Danes are getting ready to enforce EU regulations defining the working time for drivers. This is the result of the interpretation recently presented by the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The law is the law and must be enforced’, the Danish Minister of Justice Søren Pape Poulsen said last week. He thus addressed the judgment of the European Court of Justice regarding spending regular weekly rest in the cabin of a truck.
According to the judgment of the CJEU, issued last December relative to the case of the Belgian carrier Valditrans, truck drivers cannot spend their 45-hours rest in the cabin of the vehicle.
Police will develop procedures
In the opinion of the Danish minister of transport Ole Birk Olesen, it is impossible to enforce the ban in Denmark because public services will not be able to prove how long the trucker was in the truck. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Justice has already made the first efforts to pursue this goal and ‚the police are currently investigating how to carry out controls and enforce the ban,’ Søren Pape Poulsen said last Wednesday.
For this purpose, the Danish police will, among other things, take advantage of the experience of control bodies from other EU countries, according to the Danish portal avisen.dk.
The services’ work on the implementation of control procedures and sanctioning cabin accommodation was to start as early as May 2017, however, the Danes suspended it until the Court announced its decision on the interpretation of the regulations.
We will keep you updated on further details.