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GB 10.07.15
Operation STACK (instructions)

Operation STACK, an emergency measure to queue HGVs on the M20 to avoid causing gridlock across Kent's road network, is ongoing.

Hauliers are reminded to strictly follow the procedure of joining the back of the queue which will then enable them to be issued with an Operation STACK sticker which allows them to move down into the port when they reach the front.

Kent Police are authorised to turn around any driver who does not have a sticker, which causes problems as arguments take place between drivers and the police and the queue is held up. This then results in the ferries leaving port at a reduced capacity which is obviously having the knock on effect of holding up traffic and resulting in Operation STACK remaining in place.

Stickers are distributed from Junction 8 to those who have queued. Not to those that have driven past all waiting vehicles.

For more information, please check the following websites:

Source: RHA

FR 26.11.14
Temporary speed and overtaking restrictions – “Nord” and “Pas-de-Calais”

Pursuant to a last minute Decree by the Prefectures of Nord and Pas-de-Calais, overtaking will be prohibited for all heavy goods vehicles over 7.5t and passenger vehicles with over 9 seats on all highways and national roads in the “Nord” and “Pas-de-Calais” departments for a total duration of 24 hours, i.e. from 25 November 2014 at 21:00 to 26 November 2014 at 21:00.

The speed of heavy goods vehicles above 7.5t will also be limited as follows:

  • 70km/h on roads where speed is limited to 90km/h
  • 60km/h on roads where speed is limited to 80km/h
  • 50km/h on roads where speed is limited to 70km/h
  • 50km/h on roads where speed is limited to 60 or 50km/h

The speed of passenger vehicles with over 9 seats will be limited as follows:

  • 80km/h on roads where speed is limited to 100km/h
  • 70km/h on roads where speed is limited to 90km/h
BE 30.07.14
National measures prohibiting spending the regular weekly rest in the cabin of a vehicle (Art. 8, par. 8 of Regulation 561/2006)

On 21 June, the Royal Decree prohibiting such practise entered into force in Belgium.

The text of the Royal Decree can be consulted here in French and Dutch.

The law stipulates that when the regular weekly rest is due at the moment of the control and this is taken on board of the vehicle, it constitutes an infringement. The Belgian authorities should not require evidence documenting the place of spending the regular weekly rest for the previous period of 28 days. The evidence should be the data from the digital tachograph card or tachograph chart. According to the information from the Belgian authorities, the on-the-spot fine is € 1800 where an infringement is detected. In case there is no immediate payment, the authorities can block the vehicle, request a refundable deposit or if the fine is not paid within 96 hours, the vehicle can be confiscated. The case can also be presented to a judge where, in case of a guilty verdict, the fine can reach € 60 000. 

The Royal Decree is applicable to vehicles under the AETR regime as the AETR Agreement is specifically mentioned in the text.

FR 30.07.14
National measures prohibiting spending the regular weekly rest in the cabin of a vehicle (Art. 8, par. 8 of Regulation 561/2006)

On 11 July, the French law was published in the Official Journal of the French Republic, entering into force on 12 July.

The text of the law can be consulted here (see Art. 15 in particular).

The law therefore establishes an obligation, subject to penal sanctions (criminal offence), for the driver to take the regular weekly rest period outside the vehicle cabin. Companies not respecting this risk one-year’s imprisonment and a fine of €30,000.

Additional information is available in the attached document (in English and in French).

FR CH 29.07.14
Driving restrictions for heavy goods vehicles from 31 July 2014 to 4 August 2014 on A35 motorway
From 31 July 2014, 22:00, to Monday 4 August 2014, 05:00, the Swiss border will be closed to heavy goods vehicles.

Transit will be authorised on Saturday 2 August 2014 between 05:00 and 13:00.

Heavy goods vehicles will be parked in the Customs parking area of St Louis, as well as on the hard shoulder and the right-hand lane of the A35 motorway (before the Bartenheim interchange) up to the border crossing.

Overtaking and driving in the left-hand lane will be prohibited for heavy goods vehicles (before the Bartenheim interchange) up to the border.

A diversion will be in operation for road users travelling to the airport via the Bartenheim interchange and the RD201 in direction of Blotzheim. This route will be prohibited for heavy goods vehicles.