More controls are needed on truckers that don't work by the book. This is what the EPP Group is demanding now that Member States have dramatically decreased the number of inspection services on EU roads.
"We are told that 75% of the EU inspection capacity in road transport has been cut over recent years. This is shocking", said Dutch MEP Wim van de Camp, EPP Group Spokesman in the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism.
Bent truckers only have a small chance of getting caught driving for too long, driving with an overloaded truck or other offences. These truckers are a danger to other road users. Thousands of European road users are dying every year in accidents.
More traffic controls and exchanges between Member States
"It is clear that people are dying unnecessarily in these accidents", said Van de Camp. "The European Commission should urgently call on Member States to step up controls in road transport. This is simply unacceptable."
The European Commission should urgently call on Member States to step up controls in road transport. Wim van de Camp
Moreover, Van de Camp proposes that inspection services in EU Member States should start exchanging their experiences following the revelation by an expert from Euro Contrôle Route, an organisation of inspection services in Member States, that there have been drastic cuts in inspection services in road transport.