‘Mobility Package Hotel’ for trucking firm opens in heart of Europe
Reining Transport has opened a new facility in Brüggen, Germany. The new compex has parking spaces for 120 lorries, plus accommodation, a training room and a dining room for its drivers. The possibility of accommodating drivers outside of their cabin and providing a safe place for its staff and fleet is a response to the EU's Mobility Package measures.
The new facility, which opened last week, cost around to €3.5 million, the company reports.
Reining Transport, based in the Netherlands, conducts transport operations in Germany, the Benelux area, France and Switzerland. Its fleet consists of 350 units, out of which 320 are registered in Germany. The company also has a Hungarian branch, too. The place of the investment, therefore, was chosen to be centrally located in Reining’s working area.
However, as the Dutch news portal Transport-Online reports, Reining Transport also admits that the money was spent with the Mobility Package in mind. The rules require transportation companies to provide suitable accommodation for drivers spending their 45-hour-long rest away from home. This accommodation cannot be the cabin of the lorry.
Moreover, the Mobility Package’s latest requirements from 2020 make it compulsory for drivers to return to their countries every 4 weeks. The carrier’s obligations include sending drivers for a rest period in their country of employment. This can be served at the company’s operational centre or the driver’s place of residence. Reining’s new site thus provide a solution for this requirement too.
The Dutch company is not the first to build their own accommodation for their own drivers: as we reported in July, Hegelmann Poland have started building an integrated operational centre in its response to the EU’s mobility package requirements. The site will provide space for a hotel for lorry drivers with 750 beds so drivers can spend their obligatory rest period outwith their cabins.