European Commission requests that DENMARK lift its 25-hour limit on lorry parking

The Commission has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Denmark, which has been limiting the period for which lorries can park in state-owned rest areas to a maximum of 25 hours.

The Danish measure restricts the freedom to provide services as guaranteed by EU road transport legislation (Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009), as it creates barriers to foreign hauliers carrying out international operations.

Since these hauliers do not have an operating centre in Denmark, they need parking space to carry out their activities and to comply with the EU obligations on driving and rest times.

The Commission considers that the rule is not appropriate, necessary or proportionate to the objectives. Denmark now has four months to reply.

Otherwise, the Commission may decide to bring the matter before the Court of Justice of the EU.

Arianna Podesta –

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