The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has given a guarded welcome to the introduction of the EU Mobility Package.
After many years of negotiations, the European Parliament by a large majority has voted to adopt the new regulations as outlined below; from an Irish perspective there are both positive and negative outcomes which will impact on our industry.
IRHA President Eugene Drennan commented: “It has been a long and arduous road to achieve change to the Mobility Package and whilst we cannot claim complete satisfaction, we have achieved important changes that reflect the unique needs of the Irish Road Haulage industry. With the advent of Brexit which was not perceived when the MP was first introduced, these modifications will become even more important.”
The IRHA says it will be organising training for its members so that they are all fully aware of the new rules. Some rules on Driving and Rest times will have to be implemented in Q4 of this year, the IRHA says.
The IRHA says it is now hopeful for EU institutions to accompany the transition of the industry in the next stage in particular on the impact of Brexit and in the adaptation of Drivers’ age limit.
“We will keep working with our Irish MEP’s in the European Parliament and with Irish authorities on these issues. We are very appreciative of the support we have been given. Quite paradoxically, the new rules aiming at protecting Drivers may also act as deterrent to enter the profession because they can be perceived as major administrative burdens for young people,” Mr Drennan commented.