Sweden to fine and clamp lorries with no posted worker documents

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Sweden is set to introduce new legislation that will see the current EU Mobility Package rules on posted workers strictly enforced with clampings and fines. Any lorry whose driver is found without the necessary documentation will be clamped, and fines shall also be issued.

Sweden to fine and clamp lorries with no posted worker documents
Photo: Polisen Stockholm - Trafik

As Swedish road transport website Tidningen Proffs writes, the purpose of the legislation is to closely monitor foreign HGV drivers working in the country and ensure they are benefiting from the Swedish salaries and conditions required in the EU Mobility Package.

“The government has already introduced the EU’s highest penalty fee for illegal transport; now we are expanding the possibility of clamping vehicles to ensure that penalty fees are paid. This is how we take action against cheating,” says Sweden’s Minister of Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth.

The terms of the EU Mobility Package require foreign hauliers to notify the Swedish Work Environment Authority about their posted workers no later than the day when their work in Sweden begins. This makes it easier for Swedish trade unions to negotiate collective agreements and set requirements for Swedish wages and conditions.

The legislation being implemented in Sweden will see foreign hauliers with posted drivers found without a posting declaration document fined. The bill also includes measures to ensure that when foreign transport companies are fined, they actually pay up. This is to be done through a variety of measures, including wheel clamping.

The legislation is expected to enter into force on 1 August 2022.


Photo: Polisen Stockholm – Trafik

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