EC suggests further cuts to haulage red tape

A report from the European Commission (EC) has suggested cabotage restrictions should be removed to boost the European economy and improve the environment. 

Cabotage restrictions currently prevent hauliers from carrying out any more than three domestic jobs within a seven-day period after delivering an international load. The EC report said removing this condition would help to reduce empty running by allowing vehicle operators to combine loads and use return trips. 

In response to the report, EC vice-president Siim Kallas has called for further simplification of the EU’s rules on road haulage. When presenting the findings, Kallas said: “The rules are wasteful for European firms, have an effect on all road users and are bad for the environment.” 

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