DG MOVE has set up a group of experts on safe and secure parking areas for trucks to assist in the preparing the steps needed for the implementation of such parking areas,
Parking areas, and especially safe and secure parking areas, are important for drivers when resting in accordance with the driving and rest time rules as laid down in Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. Such parking areas are also relevant to the protection against cargo crime and against illegal boarding of trucks by migrants. The need to have a sufficient number of parking areas is also underlined by the Trans European Network (TEN-T) guidelines, as laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1315/201. A study for DG MOVE (Safe and Secure Parking’s for Truck 2017) suggested that there is a lack of parking areas and parking standards need to be aligned, in accordance with the recommendations of the study, to guarantee a sufficient number of parking areas at the right locations under a common EU standard for parking areas.
In this context, the group’s tasks will be to
a) Provide advice and support to the Commission on the implementation of the recommendations of the above-mentioned study as well as of the TEN-t guidelines.
b) Elaborate and propose measures to ensure compliance with the common standards for safe and secure parking areas, as proposed by the above mentioned study, in particular as regards auditing, certification, complaint handling and needs for refinement/adjustment of the standard.
c) Develop technical requirements for such safe and secure parking areas in the early preparation of possible future EU legislation following up from the Mobility Package I.
The Commission is calling for applications with a view to selecting members of the group other than Member States’ authorities. Members of the group shall be:
a) Individuals appointed in their personal capacity who are experts in the field related to safe and secure parking areas (Type A members).
b) Individuals appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders in the field related to safe and secure parking areas (Type B members).
c) Organisations, such as companies or associations with a proven interest and expertise in the field related to safe and secure parking areas (Type C members).
d) Member States’ authorities
More information on the application process is available on the DG MOVE website at https://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/road/news/2018-12-20-call-expert-group-safe-and-secure-parking-trucks_en