Hauliers to receive €40 per hour compensation for RDC delays in Spain

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Readers may recall that last month, the Spanish Government approved measures to improve the sustainability of the road freight transport sector, as well as boost the working conditions of drivers. The new legislation includes a loading/unloading ban for HGV drivers, as well as compensation for hauliers who have to wait too long at RDCs. Now it has emerged that the value of the compensation is to be just under €40 per hour.

Hauliers to receive €40 per hour compensation for RDC delays in Spain
Photo: Auledas, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (photo for illustrative purposes only)

The amount of compensation has been revealed in a video produced by a Spanish trade union in conjunction with the country’s Transport Ministry. The video states that every hour that a truck stands still at an RDC, regardless of whether loading or unloading takes place, the road transport firm operating the truck will have to be compensated to the tune of €38.60.

The union that produced the video, CCOO, nonetheless adds that it has many doubts the law will solve the problems of the Spanish road transport sector. It argues the new legislation fails to clarify a number of issues while also limiting the ability to collectively bargain.

For this reason, the union says it will be in dialogue with the government regarding amendments to the legislation.

The new legislation also includes the following measures:

  • a ban on drivers loading and unloading vehicles over 7.5 tons;
  • compensation for RDC delays over 1 hour;
  • the obligatory revision of road transport rates based on fuel prices;
  • the adoption of a sanctioning authority linked to monitor the Mobility Package rules regarding driving and rest times as well as the obligatory return of a vehicle;
  • the extension of the maximum height allowed to 4.5 metres for certain highly valued types of transport with special needs.

Photo: AuledasCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (photo for illustrative purposes only)

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