EU Mobility Package 2022: New Rules and Impact on Costs

What is the EU Mobility Package? – Enforcement, rules, and impact on road freight

Since February 2022, there are new rules applicable for road freight transport. The implementation of these guidelines aims to improve the social protection of drivers, reduce CO2 emissions, and increase road safety. The major impact of the EU Mobility Package will be on international hauliers, especially those who operate with light vehicles, and on the consequential surcharges.

Mobility Package in the UK and the EU

With the enforcement of the Mobility Package new rules, all the countries in the EU and UK will have harmonised guidelines for cabotage activities and hauliers working internationally. This means that salaries, resting times and periods during which the drivers are allowed to be out of their residency country, will be the same across Europe. By applying such measurements, the international rules for truck and van drivers will be clearer, and cross-border freight forwarding should become safer and quicker.

Operator licensing changes: HGV and light vehicles carriers

One of the biggest impacts of the EU Mobility package will be on international hauliers, especially the ones operating light vehicles up to 3,5t. LGV (light goods vehicle) operators are now obliged to have an International Operators license in order to conduct international or cross-border transport of goods.

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What are the new rules imposed by the EU Mobility Package in 2022?

After the operator licencing changes imposed in the first phase of the Mobility Package implementation in 2020, new rules concerning road safety and driver social protection apply from February and March 2022.

Up until this year, most of the safety rules imposed on freight transport by road were applicable only to trucks and HGVs (heavy goods vehicles), leaving the rules for light vehicles vague and open to interpretation. But with the new Mobility Package, valid since February 2022, carrier vans and LGVs (Light goods vehicles) are subject to the same rules when performing cross-trade and international cabotage activities.

Obligatory return of HGV and LGV drivers to their residency location on a regular basis

Truck and van drivers often spend long periods on international haulage activities; therefore, the EU Mobility Package intends to enforce that every 4 weeks, drivers are obliged to return home for a minimum of 45h. The implementation of this rule is to be put into practice by the companies/employers.

Weekly rest periods must not be spent in the vehicle

According to the new rules of the Mobility Package, rest periods can no longer be spent in the vehicles. Instead, employers should ensure that light and heavy vehicle drivers spend their rest periods in appropriate accommodations with adequate sanitary and sleeping facilities.

4 days of break between cabotage operations

After finishing a cabotage operation in an EU Member State, hauliers should have a cool-off phase of at least 4 days on activities that comprise the same vehicle.

Vehicles regular return to the country of origin

Every eight weeks, the vehicle (truck or van) has to return to the country of the company’s location, i.e. the country where the vehicle is registered.

Implementation of the second generation of smart tachographs

The second generation of smart tachographs, with technical specifications set by the European Commission, intends to increase safety on the road. These tachographs will record, among other things, places of loading and unloading, border crossings and resting periods.

EU Mobility package consequences and surcharges

Along with the social and environmental benefits of the EU Mobility Package of 2022, come some not-so-positive consequences, especially for the final customer:

The shortage of capacity and drivers

With the obligation of drivers to return home every 4 weeks, and the obligatory resting periods which until now did not apply to light vehicles, the logistics sector will now be facing an even greater lack of capacity and road freight drivers.

More complicated and more expensive administration and documentation

With each new measurement imposed by the EU Mobility Package, hauling companies will be obliged to document and report the implementation and compliance of all guidelines. Inspections will be conducted regularly with high fines for haulage companies that do not obey the new standards.

Possible surcharges and higher shipping prices

Hauling companies, especially those whose fleet comprises mainly light vehicles performing international road freight and cabotage activities, will face higher overheads with the enforcement of the EU Mobility Package. The employers are now forced to provide proper accommodation to drivers at their own expense, as well as perform fewer cabotage activities in one trip, and more frequent trips home both for the drivers and for the vehicles. All of this will increase the shipping prices for their clients with possible surcharges.

Eurosender copes with the new EU Mobility Package 2022

At Eurosender, we understand the importance of road safety, sustainable shipping activities and social rights for all employees, no matter the sector.

With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that all our partners comply with the new EU Mobility Package rules as we keep our commitment to continue offering excellent shipping services and competitive prices. Our carrier management logistics team has been working hard to make sure each and every carrier is compliant with the rules, and we will keep making sure that every haulier, HGV and LGV, follows the new guidelines.

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FAQ: What changes with the EU Mobility Package 2022

What are the changes imposed by the new EU Mobility package Rules on driving time and resting times?
The EU Mobility Package brings changes mostly to light vehicle drivers that perform international haulage activities. Some of the biggest changes are:
  • maximum of 9h of driving per day, exceptionally 10h twice a week;
  • maximum of 56h of driving per week;
  • maximum of 90h of driving in any two consecutive weeks;
  • a break of at least 45 minutes after a maximum of 4h 30m of driving;
  • at least 11h of rest per day;
  • a rest period of consecutive 45h after a 4-week work period.
How is a week defined under EU driving hours?
A week is defined by the time period between 00:00 Monday and 24:00 Sunday.
How many days can a driver work before having a weekly rest?
International haulage drivers can work up to 6 days (24h x6) until they have to take a rest period of 45 consecutive hours. This can be reduced to 24h every other week, with the remaining rest time being compensated at the end of the third week following the week in question.
Do I need an operators license when working with vans?
Yes, since February 2022, according to the new Mobility Package rules, drivers of vehicles weighing over 2,5t, including vans, need to carry an operator's license.