French Deputy Damien Pichereau, who is working on France’s position on the Mobility Package has come up with a report for better regulation of light commercial vehicles. He submitted to the French Minister of Transport proposals for concrete changes in the law that would increase the obligations of carriers of vehicles with a GVW up to 3.5 tons and created a new legal and factual space for this transport category. New responsibilities would also be found in the Mobility Package.
A Pichereau report submitted at the beginning of this year regarding the Mobility Package indicated the necessity of applying social regulations to vehicles with GVW up to 3.5 tons. They include provisions on the scope of driving and working time as well as access to the profession (professional skills, good reputation, financial potential, headquarters).
At present, Pichereau emphasizes that it is important that the responsibility of all participants in the supply chain be taken into account by law. Each of them should be obliged to comply with the rules and regulations in order to ensure healthy competition. No less important is the professionalization of vehicle drivers’ work to 3.5 tonnes. In this respect, it is considering introducing additional requirements regarding driving license categories and training.
The MEP’s further work also emphasizes areas such as:
– Increase the quality of vehicle inspections using new technologies, in particular to combat unfair competition.
– Improvement of the state of the fleet of vehicles with a GVW up to 3.5 t by more frequent technical inspections. This would also improve road safety.
– Support for entrepreneurs in replacing the fleet in a more environmentally friendly way.
– Support for local communities in urban policy – optimization of the flow of goods in cities in the context of improving air quality in city centers.
Pichereau also points out that a significant number of vehicles with a GVW of up to 3.5 tons of unknown origin move in urban space. These vehicles (and drivers) spend entire weekends in parking lots.