March: new obligations and higher penalties in Europe
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In March, new transport regulations enter into force in the Netherlands and Denmark. In the country of tulips, a lower speed limit will be applied on highways. Also, Bulgaria will introduce a new road toll system.
Posting in transport
On 1 March 2020, the Netherlands will launch an electronic system to record the posting of drivers working on its territory.
Foreign drivers and self-employed drivers carrying out transport to or from the Netherlands or cabotage on its territory (except transit) are posted workers under the Dutch regulations. The Terms of Employment Posted Workers in the European Union Act (WagwEU), as of 1 March 2020, imposes an obligation on companies established outside the Netherlands to report a posting, according to the Dutch transport union Transport en Logistik Nederland.
For this purpose, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment has created a website: www.postedworkers.nl, through which registration and application must be made. The site is also available in English and German.
For more information, click on the “Ik heb een tijdelijke opdracht in Nederland” (English: “I have a temporary posting in the Netherlands,” German: “Ich habe einen befristeten Auftrag in den Niederlanden”).
Online registration starts on 1 February 2020, but the reporting obligation applies from 1 March 2020. Posting that has started before 1 March does not require electronic notification, informs the organisation. The amount of the fine for non-compliance with the new obligation is not yet known.
The speed limit on motorways in the Netherlands will be lowered in 2020. According to the announcement of Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, the maximum speed on highways will be reduced to 100 km / h. The new limit will enter into force at 6.00 on March 16, 2020.
Denmark – fine for weekly rest
Danish Transport Minister Benny Engelbrecht announced that penalties for spending a regular weekly rest in the cabin would increase tenfold next year. The increase applies to both drivers and carriers.
According to the project, the penalties are expected to amount to 10,000 Danish crowns (more than 1300 euros) next year for a truck driver and 20 thousand Danish crowns (more than 2600 euros ) for the carrier.
Bulgaria – electric road toll
On 1 March 2020, the Bulgarian authorities will launch an electronic toll system for vehicles and vehicle sets with a total weight of over 3.5 t. From that day on, trucks and buses will have to pay tolls for individual sections, instead of travel time as before, which required the purchase of electronic vignettes.
The Bulgarian road and highway manager has provided carriers and drivers with a free tool to calculate the cost of road travel. The calculator allows you to check precisely what the cost of travelling through Bulgaria will be, broken down into individual sections. The calculator is available at the link trots.bgtoll