ROAD TRANSPORT: COMMISSION SETS OUT ITS STALL FOR DRIVING TIME CONCILIATION TALKS.

 
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The draft Regulation was tabled almost four years ago but the sensitivity of the issue has considerably slowed up the decision-making process. The Regulation will significantly alter the organisation of road transport activities in the EU since it impacts directly on driving time and rest periods for drivers. Weekly driving time will, for example, be cut to a maximum of 56 hours, whereas current rules permit a maximum of 74 hours a week behind the wheel.

The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers differ on important points and a conciliation procedure will be launched shortly. As is usual, three-way meetings between the Commission, Parliament and Council will prepare conciliation per se. In this context, the Commission position - backing or rejecting one or other position - is particularly significant. The Commission rejects Parliament's amendment aiming to extend daily rest periods for drivers to twelve hours (compared with 11 hours in the Council's common position). Though it claims to support this amendment in principle, the Commission takes account of the fact that the Council's position is already the fruit of a delicate compromise between the member states.

It also rejects the amendment preventing drivers...

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