Pilot projects aimed at relieving the police on escorts of oversized transports have started in several German states. Another one of them has just drawn positive conclusions.
A pilot project in Baden-Württemberg, under which private companies partially relieve police forces in escorting special transports, started in November 2017. According to the balance sheet in the Ministry of Interior and the Land Transport Ministry, the number of oversized transports in which the police took part decreased from November 2017 to April 2018 by 14.1%. ( to 4120). In turn, the time the officers spent on escorts shortened by 8.5 percent (down to 18 thousand hours) – reports „Mannheimer Morgen”. After successful annual tests, the solution will be permanently implemented in the region.
Relieving the police, but also the benefit for carriers
The pilot project is intended primarily to relieve the police forces, which each year devote more and more time to escorting transports. It is associated with a dynamic increase in the volume of transport that we have been witnessing in Germany for years. As emphasized by the interior ministers of individual states and police chiefs, officers have a whole lot of more important duties.
Forwarding companies often have to wait for the transport to arrive because the police rarely reach their destination on time. Thanks to private carriers forwarders no longer have to waste time. Transports are carried out faster because private companies are more flexible than the police.