Call for better, smarter, targeted enforcement

Date: 26, April 2016
Today NLA was the organiser together with the IRU and Transport en Logistiek Nederlands (TLN) of lunch debate hosted by MEP Wim van de Camp (EPP, NL).

Improved enforcement for road freight transport is central in the on-going preparations for the revision of a number of EU rules for the market. Focus has been on better cooperation between national authorities, rules that are more enforceable and more effective, efficient and dissuasive controls and sanctions. A discussion on a different organisation of enforcement in the
EU has also been on the agenda, such as an EU agency.

“At todays event NLA had the opportunity to emphasise the importance of enforcement for fair competition in the EU,” commented CEO of NLA Soren Larsen. “Our message today was quite simply a demand for action. Many things can be done here and now – we do not have to wait for new rules or regulations. What we need is a commitment from the Member States that the rules must be followed, that they will be controlled and that sanctions will follow when you break the rules. The experience from Norway, where investments have been made in new, modern control equipment, shows how easily it can be done for the benefit of all the operators who are following the rules.”

“We also need new rules, but let not that be an excuse for not developing control and enforcement already today. We hope with todays event to have made it clear to the European Parliamentarians that things can change. No more need for talk, now there is need for action! There has been talk about an EU agency for road transport – yes an agency can be a good idea, but our message today was that an agency will only make a difference if there is a will to invest and to cooperate. If not there is a risk that an agency will become a failure," commented Soren Larsen

IRU, TLN and NLA together with ECR issued a joint statement afterwards calling for action now in four areas:

1) Enforcement impact assessment: make enforceability a key aspect of any new legislation during the negotiating process.
2) Resources: Ensure the efficient use of existing resources by having targeted, intelligence based enforcement.
3) Data exchange: invest in more cooperation between Member States
4) High level Group: establishment of a high level group of competent authorities to regularly follow up after rules are designed and implemented.

The full statement can be read here.