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Lithuania reaches agreement on truck return, transmin says

BC, Vilnius, 04.12.2018.Print version
The EU Transport Council agreed on key provisions of the Mobility Package on Monday and Lithuania managed to secure a provision that empty trucks won’t have to return to their country of origin, Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis says LETA/BNS.

"This requirement would have destroyed the business of our haulers. We have all possibilities to achieve more as it's not the final agreement," the minister told.


The European Parliament still needs to agree on the proposal, the minister said, and negotiations between the EU Council and the Parliament will follow.


According to Masiulis, the issue of drivers' rest will also move to the Parliament. The requirement for drivers to rest at hotels is hardly implementable due to a lack of infrastructure.


"There are no hotels near the roads at proper places at the moment. We, therefore, immediately asked for a transition period, a fairly long one, for those hotels to be built," the minister said.


The Lithuanian national road carriers association LINAVA says the Austrian EU presidency's proposal on a regular truck return was rejected but it was decided that haulers must ensure conditions for drivers to return home once every four weeks. Moreover, drivers will have to rest at least 45 hours per week at a hotel and not inside the vehicle.


Masiulis refrained to estimate when the final texts would be confirmed but did not discount the possibility that it would be done by the next European Parliament already.

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