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Time limited parking at rest areas can cause major problems for the transport industry

A time limitation of 24 hours on parking at rest areas along the Danish national road net can very well become part of the coming finance act. ITD warns the politicians against limiting the drivers’ possibilities of taking their compulsory rest. It can cause great practical problems for the transport industry and have inappropriate consequences.

The Danish People’s Party and the Socialist People’s Party have in the finance act negotiations contributed with a proposal on introducing time limits of 24 hours for parking at rest areas along the Danish national road net. ITD urges the politicians to perform a thorough evaluation of the proposal’s consequences before making a decision. Time limitation on use of rest areas along the Danish national road net will cause great problems for the transport industry and have extensive derivative consequences. According to the law, all drivers must take rests, and with a time limitation on parking at the Danish national rest areas the drivers are compelled to take their compulsory rest in such as industrial quarters or at motor way exits.

 

- Resting in the truck is part of the driver’s job, precisely the same as resting on the ship is part of the job for a mariner. The EU rules implies that the drivers hold both daily and weekly rests for up to 45 hours.

 

The legislation is justified in terms of the road safety. That is why the trucks park at the rest areas, and that is why there must be parking facilities along the Danish national road net. If they are not present or are limited, the drivers must take the trucks elsewhere to comply with the compulsory rests. It is no way appropriate, says Carina Christensen, Managing Director at ITD.

 

ITD warns against a limitation of the use of rest areas.

On the contrary, the transport industry needs expansion and improvement of the rest areas.

 

- Our members wish for more functional rest areas with relevant service offers all over the country – both along and outside the motorway net. The demand for expanding and improving the rest areas only grows, and here we now need a thoroughly prepared analysis of the future demand for capacity. From our perspective, a limitation of parking at rest areas is a step in the wrong direction, says Carina Christensen, who has earlier approached the Danish Minister for Transport Ole Birk Olesen requesting expansion of the rest area capacity in Denmark.

 

ITD follows the case closely.

 

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