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Rules for international transport and drivers

This information is provided by:Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVKNetherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVKNetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONederlandse versie

Do you work as a driver and transport goods internationally? Or do you have an international transport business? Then you must follow the rules in the European Mobility Package. For example, about driving and rest times for drivers, secondment, and determining the location of a vehicle with a smart tachograph. Read more about the changes.

What is the European Mobility Package?

The European Mobility Package contains rules for the international transport of goods and passengers. Some rules replace existing ones. The package also contains new rules for drivers and transport businesses. The rules come into effect on different dates.

Why is there a European Mobility Package?

With the mobility package, the European Union wants to contribute to:

  • improving the working conditions and employment terms of lorry drivers
  • creating a level playing field, with clear rules for businesses that provide cross-border services
  • more effective and efficient enforcement
  • improving road safety

New rules for international transport

The rules are changing or have changed in 6 key areas.

What is the timeline for the European Mobility Package?

The new rules for the European Mobility Package do not come into force at the same time. Check the timeline below:

Rules in other EU countries

The rules of the European Mobility Package apply to all EU countries. However, countries are allowed to determine some rules themselves. For example, the cabotage rules for combined transport. Also, the rules that are incorporated into national laws do not come into force on the same date everywhere.

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