EU COMMISSION LAUNCHES PROCEDURE AGAINST GERMANY

The European Commission decided today to launch an infringement procedure against Germany, concerning the application of the Minimum Wage Act to the transport sector. Following an exchange of information with the German authorities and a thorough legal assessment of the German measures, the Commission has sent a Letter of Formal Notice to Germany. This constitutes […]

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PROBLEMS WITH UKRAINIAN TRANSPORT PERMISSION SOLVED?

Until now it has been very challenging to acquire a re-issued transport permission* in Ukraine after loss or theft. As a result, transport companies were not able to provide their business services, in case they lost their original transport permission. However after the latest meeting with various stakeholders, a solution seems to have been found […]

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GERMAN MINIMUM WAGE SUSPENDED FOR INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT

The German Minister Andrea Nahles decided to suspend the implementation of German minimum wage for international transport. However this merely applies for transit. During the meeting with the Polish Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, she clearly stated the minimum wage of € 8.50 per hour still applies for drivers who (un-) load trucks in […]

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GERMAN MINIMUM WAGE THREATENS POLISH TRANSPORT BRANCH

Also in Poland the adoption of Germany’s minimum wage is monitored with fear. The general opinion in the Polish press is the implementation of the German minimum wage of € 8.50 per hour threatens the Polish transport branch. The Polish newspaper headers are rather unanimous: “€ 8.50 kills your Polish transport company’’, ‘’German minimum wages for […]

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GERMAN LEGISLATION FRIGHTENS ROMANIAN TRANSPORT COMPANIES

From January 1st 2015 minimum wages have been adopted in Germany, Romanian transport companies  are frightened by this new legislation. In various publications – both in quality newspapers as well as in publications from the Romanian transport federation – the general impression is this legislation will result in higher labour cost and moreover a higher […]

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Polish Supreme Court upholds its position on night allowances

On the 7th of October 2014 the Polish Supreme Court ruled again that the drivers are entitled to the night allowance, regardless of the conditions of the truck’s cabin. This new verdict of the Supreme Court is a consequence of three Polish drivers requesting from their employer the payment of a lump sum. This lump sum […]

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Polish transport companies try to prevent themselves from drivers’ claims

Polish transport companies fear the risk of claims from their drivers of missed income from the previous years. This claim risk is real, due to the verdict of the Polish supreme court. As a result 19 companies of the Polish transport sector – which employ nearly 11,000 drivers – united themselves in an employers’ organisation […]

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DUTCH TRANSPORT COMPANY FIRST TO BEAT THE POLISH VERDICT

Within less than two months after its verdict – and the verdict not even been officially published yet – a Dutch SMB transport company was the first in Poland to beat this supreme court’s decision! As communicated earlier, on Thursday June 12th 2014 the Polish supreme court defined its final judgement with regards to night […]

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BANKRUPTCY POLISH TRANSPORT SECTOR

On Thursday June 12th 2014 the Polish supreme court defined its final judgement with regards to night allowances for Polish drivers. The outcome of the verdict  has received a common description as ‘’lethal for all Polish transport companies’’ in the Polish media. Moreover it will result in risk assessments for each Polish transport companies and […]

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