Temporary exemptions to Regulation (EU) No 561/2006 due to the effects of the corona virus: EU Member States

Coronavirus: These rules apply to freight transport in Europe

In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the countries take various measures, which also affect freight traffic. We have summarized these measures for you in this country overview (selection of countries) and will update the list as soon as we have new information.

 

The IRU and ATA are closely monitoring the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

 

This download PDF includes national and international updates on the transport of passengers and goods in affected regions of the world. 

 

Trixi-Spiegel: Simple idea that saves lives

Inventor of the Trixi mirror: simple idea that saves lives

In Munich, 6,000 Trixi mirrors could soon be installed at over 1,100 intersections. Truck accidents at the intersections are said to be reduced. Spiegel invented Ulrich Willburger. His daughter was the victim of a turning accident.

It’s been 25 years since Ulrich Willburger from Seehausen invented the Trixi mirror. Trixi, named after his daughter Beatrix, who had recently had a serious accident. The 13-year-old was on her bike when she was hit and overrun by a concrete mixer turning right.

She survived seriously injured, but has been paralyzed on one side since then. A typical blind spot accident, it was said at the time by an official body, explains Willburger: “Both the experts and the police explained to us: This is repeated stereotypically, there is nothing you can do about it. I didn’t want to leave it like that. ”

https://www.br.de/nachrichten/bayern/erfinder-der-trixi-spiegel-simple-idee-die-leben-rettet,RiZIZ2G

Ein Trixi-Spiegel an einer Münchner Straßenkreuzung

 

Germany updates road traffic law with new rules on lorry turning speed, legal passing distance for bicycles and new cycling zones

A wide range of new traffic safety measures has been agreed by the German parliament as part of an update to the country’s traffic law.

Drivers who park in cycle lanes or follow emergency vehicles through an emergency corridor will now face higher fines, and, for the latter, the possibility of a driving ban. Read more »

VOLVO -Tower

Oh, those crazy men and women in Gothenburg, Sweden is at it again. The folks at Volvo Trucks have a new promotional video to rival the ones they have made in the past … and that takes some doing.

Keep in mind, this is the same company that gave the world action star Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits with one foot each on two moving trucks.

The company explains the video this way: Read more »

Nine EU countries voice opposition to EU ‘Mobility Package’

The number of countries opposing the EU mobility package grew from six to nine on Tuesday (18 February) when the transport ministers of Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Cyprus, Malta and Estonia made their positions clear in Brussels.

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European Commission welcomes Stockholm Declaration on Road Safety

This week government delegates from more than 80 countries are discussing how to step up ambition and improve global road safety in the next decade. During the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm, Swedish Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth presented the Stockholm Declaration, stressing the need for continued, ambition in particular by working towards a new global fatality reduction target, as the current target expires this year.

Call for applications for the selection of members of the sub-groups “Road markings & road signs” and “Methodology on road safety assessments & safety ratings”

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How Electric Vehicles Are Changing Our Transport Models

Diesel Pump

The internal combustion engine has its origins in a burst of invention and innovation that began more than two centuries ago, and it still drives much of our transport. But this energy system – in cars, trucks, ships and aeroplanes – is now facing a serious rival in electric motors. And as electric vehicles become more and more widely used, they are changing the very nature of our transport models. Read more »

How Electric Scooters are changing the Traffic Rules

Lime-Scooter

From an environmental point of view, electric scooters have much to recommend them: when people use them, it often means they are not driving cars. That means less pollution and less traffic on the roads. But the spread of app-rented e-scooters, zipping effortlessly through congested streets, has created a whole new set of issues for authorities. As scooter-related accidents surge, and as abandoned scooters scatter the pavements, how do you regulate these newcomers to the transport sector?

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The posting of workers for the Netherlands comes into force on 1st March 2020

Netherlands

As of March 1, 2020, there is a duty to notify for employers abroad and relevant self-employed persons from countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who have a temporary posting in the Netherlands

This applies in particular to posted professional drivers and own goods transport is also subject to the new regulation. Read more »