European Parliament and Council of the European Union Directive 2002/15/EC on the organisation of the working time of persons performing mobile road transport activities.
- Active participation from its inception in the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee in 1998 to defend the interests of FENEBUS and ASTIC.
- Advocacy of the inclusion of self-employed individuals in the scope.
- Challenge to Royal Decree 902/2007 to transpose this Directive into Spanish legislation.
- Recently, the inclusion of self-employed operators in the scope of the Directive has been adopted by the European institutions. This success was a key victory, an achievement that the majority of the road transport sector had spent over ten years petitioning European and national institutions for.
Regulation (EC) 561/2006 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport.
- The organisation of numerous meetings and workshops in Brussels and Strasbourg in conjunction with the European Commission and the European Parliament during the legislative codecision procedure.
- Request, on behalf of FENEBUS and ASTIC, for greater flexibility in driving and rest times, provided that maximum driving time and minimum rest periods are observed.
- Participation in the negotiation between IRU/ETF and the European Commission.
- Achievement of the inclusion of the 12 day-period in the passenger transport sector.
Directive 2003/59 EC and Royal Decree 1032/2007 on the initial qualifications and continual training of drivers of certain vehicles designed for road transport.
- Representation of ASTIC at EU-level discussions between social partners and the European Commission and monitoring of the development of EU legislation.
- Participation in the drafting, design and development of the Leonardo project, which was funded by the European Commission and aimed to create an e-learning educational device for trainers, with the participation of four European Union partners. The project was rated as exemplary by the European Commission.
Directive 2011/75/EU amending Directive 1999/62 EC on charging heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures. The scope of this measure was extended from the trans-European road network to all highways. The deadline for the transposition of this Directive is 16 October 2013, although implementation is not mandatory for Member States.
- Defense, to national institutions and fora, of Spain’s non-application of the Eurovignette, due to the adverse effects that the measure would have for carriers and end users of the freight service.
Advocacy and publicising of TIR-EPD, on behalf of the IRU, to the Spanish Directorate-General for Customs on the grounds that application of the TIR-EPD would represent an improvement over the traditional TIR. TIR-EPD enables prior information about the freight to be compiled and sent free of charge through the TIR preliminary declaration (in accordance with the WCO’s SAFE regulations). It therefore reduces waiting times at customs, fosters trade and speeds up transport substantially.
Participation at the IRU in discussions on the electronic bill of lading, and its advocacy as a tool which not only ensures efficient movement of goods but also facilitates rapid data transmission and fulfilment of obligations by the contracting parties.
At an operational level: launching, managing and negotiating with the SETIR suppliers the provision of the new Road Box service, which integrates French and Spanish tolls into a single device. This device has not only simplified the work of international transport drivers but has also facilitated the financial management and administration of international shipping companies.
- Operational adaptation to meet the new requirements for submission of applications established by the new EU directive which came into force in 2010.
- Production of an information campaign aimed at SETIR clients and negotiations, under the auspices of the National Road Transport Committee, with the Government to improve and implement the digital protocols required to submit and process applications.
Official Gazette of Spain (BOE) 14 June. Agreement between the General State Administration and the Freight Department of the National Road Transport Committee. This was the result of extensive negotiations in a turbulent economic environment marked by constant hikes in fuel prices and a demand in free fall. The following agreements were reached, amongst others: amendments to the penalty scheme; approval of the Intermodal Transport Plan under the PEIT (Strategic Plan for Infrastructures and Transport); a 50% reduction in the IAE (Economic Activity Tax) for 2008; a 75% reduction on the Insurance Premium Tax for 2008 and 2009, etc.
Monitoring and defence of ASTIC’s interests, at the National Committee and the House of Representatives, in the law which, together with the Land Transport Planning Act (LOTT), has the greatest impact on the road freight sector. It resulted from a combination of the CMR Convention with positive measures such as a system for updating rates according to variations in fuel prices; payment terms; stoppages; presumptions of non-responsibility; limitation of actions, etc.