The EU reached two milestones in the application of the Mobility Package 1 on 2 and 21 February, when the new rules on the posting of drivers, access to the market and access to the profession become applicable in the 27 EU Member States.
With most of the Mobility Package 1 proposals effective, the EU was still due to clarify how severe the various infringements of the new rules are and how to rate the risk profile of transport companies. At its meeting held on Friday 11 March, the EU Road Transport Committee finally adopted the important pieces of legislation which establish these crucial elements for the enforcement of the Mobility package 1.
- The revision of the classification of serious infringements of Union rules specifies the level of gravity of specific infringements of the new rules on a scale from low to very high.
- The common formula for risk rating of EU transport undertakings sets out the system to monitor their compliance with the Mobility Package 1 rules and may ultimately lead to the loss of good repute by road transport operators repeatedly in default.
Both legislative acts are meant to further harmonise road transport enforcement practices across Europe, targeting frequent and heavy offenders, whilst reducing the burden over law-abiding road transport companies.