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Driving times and Tachographs: Political agreement recognizes construction specificities

Date

22 Jan 2020

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Brussels, 22 January 2020 – Today the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament approved the trilogue agreement on the “Driving times” and “Tachograph” Regulations reached before Christmas. The European construction industry, represented by the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) and the European Builders Confederation (EBC), welcomes this breakthrough agreement as it recognises the fact that construction enterprises are not road transport companies.

During the lengthy discussions on the dossier, the European construction industry continuously emphasised the importance to avoid additional burdens for construction enterprises and related crafts given that they are not road transport companies and should thus be excluded from the scope of the legislation. Therefore, the construction industry is very pleased to see that Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) which are used for the transport of goods are exempt from the legislation provided that the transport is effected on the own account of the company or the driver and where driving does not constitute the main activity of the person behind the wheel. This exemption clearly recognises the situation of construction enterprises in border regions, which often use LCVs to carry goods within a geographically limited area for the purpose of a specific household or construction site and ensures they do not face additional burdens.

However, even though the construction industry is pleased with the decision of the European Parliament and Council to allow national exemptions for the construction sector under article 13, FIEC and EBC regret that this only takes into account the transport of construction machinery, which does not correspond to the reality of construction enterprises typically transporting material, general equipment etc. In addition to this, the construction industry regrets that the legislator decided not to extend the existing exemption for vehicles with a maximum permissible mass not exceeding 7.5 tonnes from a 100 km to a 150 km radius, as suggested by the European Parliament. Indeed, such an extension would have facilitated the work of construction enterprises and related crafts, especially in rural areas. It is equally unfortunate that the delivery of “asphalt” has not been recognised under the same exemption as “ready-mixed concrete”, as both are used for similar purposes and require similar handling. This may lead to unfair competition between the two activities.

Notes to editors

Founded in 1905, the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) is representing via its 32 National Member Federations in 28 countries (25 EU & Norway, Ukraine, Turkey) construction enterprises of all sizes, i.e. small and medium-sized enterprises as well as “global players”, carrying out all forms of building and civil engineering activities.

Established in 1990, the European Builders Confederation (EBC) is a European professional organisation representing national associations of crafts, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises working in the construction sector. EBC is a member of SMEunited (the European association of micro-enterprises and SMEs).

Press contacts

European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC)

Christine Le Forestier, Director Social Affairs: c.leforestier@fiec.eu; +32 (0)2 514 55 35

European Builders Confederation (EBC)

Ann-Cathrin Rönsch, Senior Policy Officer: ann-cathrin.roensch@ebc-construction.eu; +32 (0)2 514 23 23

Further information

More information on FIEC and EBC can be found on the linked webpages.

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