Belgium limits foreign lorry transit

The transport of cargo by lorry through Belgium by foreign companies will be limited from Wednesday. A maximum of three transports will be allowed for foreign companies going through Belgium. According to the association of transporters, Febetra, the measure will be difficult to control.
From Wednesday, August 19, transports made by foreign lorry drivers through Belgium will be limited.  Foreign companies that make so-called 'cabotage transports'  will have to limit the transports they make through Belgium to a maximum of 3 during a period of 7 days.
The Belgian transport unions have been asking for such a measure for a long time because drivers from other European Union countries are often cheaper than Belgian drivers. Further, according to the unions they often tamper with the drive/rest periods required for lorry drivers.

According to EU regulations European companies can carry out temporary cabotage operations on the territory of other EU member states. The definition of 'temporary' is not given. In this context, Belgium decided to take the initiative and fill in the gaps.

The new regulation will come into effect from August 19. Cabotage transports by European transporters outside the Benelux will be limited to 3 in any given 7 day period, and only in connection with international transport. Violation of the rule will result in a €1800 fine, to be paid on the spot. The one who commissions an extra cabotage will also be considered jointly responsible for the violation.

The regulation will not apply to transport firms in Luxembourg or the Netherlands. They fall under the more relaxed rules within the Benelux.
According to the association of transporters, Febetra, the measure will be difficult to control.