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
What is going to change?
The rules are changing or have changed in 6 key areas.
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:
- 20 August 2020: New rules on driving times and rest periods take effect.
- 2 February 2022: Drivers must register each border crossing with a tachograph.
- 2 February 2022: Drivers working in another country must obtain a posting certificate.
- 21 February 2022: Lorries may not make any cabotage operations for 4 days after the last cabotage trip.
- 21 February 2022: Lorries for international transport businesses must return to their home country every 8 weeks.
- 21 February 2022: Transport companies must have administrative staff, office space and technical facilities in their country of establishment.
- 21 May 2022: Lorries over 2.5 tonnes will need a Euro licence for international transport.
- 21 August 2023: Newly registered lorries must have a smart tachograph (SMT2).
- 31 December 2024: All lorries must have a smart tachograph instead of an analogue or digital tachograph. For vehicles with an SMT1, this applies from 19 August 2025.
- 31 December 2024: Drivers must be able to show 56 days of driving time and rest periods.
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.