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The EU rules should stop letterbox and wage compression on the roads

the Better the conditions are on the way to Europe's lorry drivers with the new EU rules, which also should put an end to the letterbox.

on Wednesday came the final and decisive adoption of vejpakken in the European Parliament. But because of the coronaprocedurer was the result of the vote, the first ready on Thursday. The EU countries adopted the package in april.

In Denmark, there is broad political support for the rules. Successive governments have worked to get them implemented. It is among other things done through vejalliancen with like-minded countries.

member States in Eastern europe, however, has fought against to the last. They fear that the new rules, which require 'the same pay for the same job at the same place', will cost jobs.

Transport minister Benny Engelbrecht (S) says it's about better conditions for drivers in the whole of Europe. He calls the package one of the greatest european victories' for Denmark.

He considers that it will facilitate the life of Danish drivers, as it will ensure fair competition.

- It is clear that it will be easier for Danish drivers, to be able to succeed in the lønkonkurrence. There is no doubt, he said, Benny Engelbrecht (S) earlier in the week.

Vejpakken also contains specific actions for how the rules can be enforced. Among other things, to vehicles by 2025 have deployed intelligent takografer, who can say where they are located.

Thus, the police can more easily check whether the rules on cabotage are met.

Cabotage is when a truck is running indenrigstransport in a country other than the home member state in connection with an international carriage. But some companies have exploited the rules and runs the 'systematic cabotage'.

They live with other words, to take assignments in other countries, than where they are registered. It can result in wage compression in the countries in which they operate.

Vejpakken sets limits to the amount of cabotage, and introduce a cooling period for the vehicles, which also must return to their country of registration, every eighth week.

The new rules is almost a matter of indifference, if not the governments shall ensure to establish proper control on the law. It points out the carriers that I have spoken with, also, says europaparlamentariker Asger Christensen (V) in a written opinion.

the Police decided Wednesday after over a year of investigation to prosecute the company Kurt Beier to hire filipino drivers to the very low wages and poor conditions.

- We have seen that companies like Kurt Beier in Padborg roughly have utilised it with slave-like and completely miserable conditions for foreign drivers. It is completely unacceptable. Why is it so crucial to get secured and orderly, says Nikolaj Villumsen (EL).

The first parts of the comprehensive package can already get effect from this summer. Other parts will first be introduced in five years.

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