Polish international transport market skeptical about Mobility Package
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More than half (54%) of clients from the Polish transport industry are afraid that The EU Mobility Package will reduce the competitiveness of Polish companies on the international transport market, according to a study conducted by PKO Leasing, the Warsaw Business Journal reports citing news agency PAP.
The provisions of the Mobility Package adopted in July 2020 by the European Parliament will be introduced in stages over the next six years. The first came into force in August last year and concern, inter alia, compulsory rest for drivers and imposing on the carrier the obligation to organize the work of drivers in such a way that they have the opportunity to take this rest at the bases.
From February 2022, further provisions of the package enter into force, regarding the posting of drivers in international transport and cabotage. Cabotage transport is the commercial transport of cargo between collection points located in a different Member State (e.g. the European Union or EFTA) than the country in which the carrier has established a business. with a possible reduction in the competitiveness of Polish transport companies.
According to the PKO Leasing survey, almost% of people are concerned about such concerns. of respondents, and about 32% thinks the introduction of the new rules will hamper the operations of transport companies at first, but it should get easier over time.
Five months (since August) from the entry into force of the first package of changes regarding working time and drivers' leisure, over 62% of the respondents do not feel the impact of the new regulations on their business. Approximately 37% of the respondents are of the opposite opinion. Every fifth respondent found these provisions challenging to implement.
The package mainly affects cabotage and cross-trade operations in which Central and Eastern Europe specialize. In Poland, the share of cross trade and cabotage in total transport performance is approx. 20% and 6%, respectively.
Almost all respondents (95%) already agree that the Mobility Package will contribute to an increase in the costs of their transport activity. This translates into the investment mood in the industry. Only every fifth respondent intends to continue investing in equipment and new solutions.
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