24th report from the Commission on the implementation in 2005-2006 of Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport [SEC(2009)1100)]
This Commission report concerns the implementation of Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/851 on the harmonization of certain social legislation relating to road transport. The Regulation provides for maximum driving times and minimum break and rest periods for professional drivers as well as for control procedures. Under the accompanying Directive88/599/EEC2 on standard checking procedures, Member States are obliged to ensure that at least 1 % of all days worked by professional drivers of lorries and buses are checked either through inspections on the premises of transport undertakings or at the roadside. Despite the reporting obligation, some Member States were seriously delayed in submitting their data. In order not to delay the next report, it is very important that the Member States' reports covering the years 2007-2008 reach the Commission by 30 September 2009. These reports will also have to include information on implementation of the Working Time Directive 2002/15/EC3 on the organisation of the working time of mobile workers in road transport according to its Article 13(1). This will enable the Commission to draw up a comprehensive report containing all relevant information with regard to implementation of the social rules in road transport. Austria, France, Italy and Spain increased during the reporting period the total number of working days checked. The average total number of working days checked (national and non-national together) remained more or less the same during the period 2005-2006 at around 2.4 million, compared to an average of about 2.3 million working days checked in the previous reporting period. Apart from Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden all Member States exceeded the obligatory mark of 1% of all working days to be checked, whith Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain exceeding the 2% mark, which comes into effect as obligatory threshold on 1 January 2008. Switzerland also passed the threshold.