Norway: legislation brought forward to implement EU Mobility Package
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Norway's Government is to implement the rules of the new EU Mobility Package, and has begun the legislative procedure required to do so.
According to multiple reports in Norway, before the new mobility package rules can apply in the country, changes must be to the Road Traffic and the Commercial Transport acts. That means that bills must go through Norway’s Parliament first.
Norway’s Minister of Transport, Jon-Ivar Nygård, has said he is unsure how long this process will take.
Jon-Ivar Nygård said the above in a press release concerning new legislation, adding:
“For the government, it is a goal that everyone should have a decent and safe working life. Those who work in the road transport sector must also have good working conditions. I am therefore pleased that we will now coordinate the Norwegian rules with the EU’s mobility package.”
Geir A. Mo, CEO of the Norwegian Truck Owners’ Association (NLF), also commented on the news.
He welcomed the implementation of the Mobility Package, but warned that the new rules must be policed in order for them to work:
“Unfortunately, it is the case that rogue players will continue to look for loopholes and circumvent new rules to the best of their ability. Therefore, these legislative changes must be followed by resources for control activities, so that we can weed out the junk. I expect the Storting to find solutions to this in its deliberations as well,” said the NLF CEO.