THE GAP BETWEEN CUTS AND THE RISK OF ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
New rules for licenses and cross-border information exchange.
More cuts to the resources allocated to the trucking industry. From the original 400 million to 330, then 312, and now to the more round figure of 300. To justify the cut is the need to find resources for the famous income tax bonus of 80 € in the payroll of Italian workers by the end of May. Obviously, the associations are not pleased, but all in all it seems they have understood the reasons.
"Surely 300 million aren’t exactly pocket money, but we must not forget that between tolls, excise duties and taxes, the industry pays to the state about € 10 billion a year – says Anita president Eleuterio Arcese, therefore, it seems really reckless to impose more economic measures on the industry." "Enough with the cuts - continued Arcese - now we want the government to maintain its commitments to the category, such as a revision of the driving bans schedule, and I hope that all this will take place within the deadline set in the last meeting for implementation review of the Protocol signed in November”. Cinzia Franchini, Cna-Fita, has a different opinion, not challenging the financial measure itself, but the specific area affected by it, namely the Road Transport Guarantee Fund. “This measure – according to Franchini – will reduce the capacity to financially support companies in difficulty, with bank lending, from the 20 million agreed upon in recent months, to only 8.2 million Euros. An incomprehensible choice at a time when the credit crunch is high and the demand for business support urgent. There were certainly other items in the allocation of funds to take into consideration, but the industry’s associations, with the exception of Cna-Fita, have decided not to touch items such as training, motorway tolls, investment. This curtailment should have been made across the board to balance the pressure on multiple items without affecting the industry’s capacity to comply with the credit crunch. "
And speaking of road transport costs "The new authority for the regulation of the transport sector is called upon to make a contribution to openness and efficiency of the different sections subject to its control, from rail to local public transport , but should not be a source of additional burden for businesses operating in an already liberalized market, and thus unrelated to its specific regulations, such as road transport of goods on behalf of third parties. " This was stated by Paolo Uggè, president of Fai-Conftrasporto and vice president of Confcommercio, who also recalled how " transport companies already pay their share to the qualified national register." Further, how "to them an additional charge would be a burdensome duplication of costs, absolutely unbearable at a time of great suffering in competing on the market."
Violation cross-border information exchange: canceled, no wait, postponed!
The Court of Justice of the European Union, after an appeal presented by the European Commission, cancelled the Directive 2011/82/EU relating to cross-border exchange of information on road safety and traffic offenses. As is well known, the Directive had established among the Member States a procedure for the exchange of information relating to eight traffic offenses, including speeding, failing to stop at a red light, drinking and driving, etc.. Member States could thus access data from other states on vehicle registrations to identify the person responsible for the violation.
The reasons for the cancellation are based on a purely formal matter, the Court having determined that the Directive was adopted on an inappropriate legal basis: police cooperation rather than improvement of transport safety. The Court of Justice, however, in view of the negative implications that could arise due to an outright cancellation, ruled that the Directive maintains its effects until the entry into force, within a reasonable period not exceeding one year, of a new directive based on the appropriate legal basis.
Licence renewals: new rules
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport issued a circular letter providing further clarification on license renewal procedures. The letter relates specifically to the following aspects:
- failure to confirm valid driver's license for applications submitted four months before the expiration date: the holder must apply for a duplicate license, attaching a medical certificate, photographs and fixed fees and stamp duties;
- Temporary or permanent ineligibility for license renewal: the local medical Commission must issue a certificate in duplicate, one for the license holder and the other for the MOT Office in charge, responsible for the suspension or revocation of license ;
- Mismatch between the name shown on the identity card and on the license: the driving license must show the same name indicated on the driver’s identity card or any other valid personal identification document;
- Duplicate license: whilst awaiting for renewal the license must be left at the disposal of the holder. Obviously the receipt of submission of the application, together with the original medical certificate, enable driving until obtaining a duplicate driver's license, but for no more than 60 days.