In June 2022, the Norwegian government announced changes to transport regulations to implement the Mobility Package regulations. It is now known that the new rules will take effect for road freight transport as of 1st of November 2022.
The new posting rules resulting from the Mobility Package, concern driving and rest times for drivers, the use of tachographs in vehicles, and the rules of market access in the road transport sector, Transport Minister Jon-Ivar Nygård said in a recent government press release.
The new regulations are part of the EU Mobility Package that was included in the EEA agreement on March 18, 2022.
The Norwegian government has changed its road transport rules in June in order to implement EU regulations.
As a result of the new posting rules adopted through Mobility Package, the most important changes that will take effect, are related to the following points:
- Mandatory return of the driver to the origin country every 4 weeks for each period of 3 or 4 consecutive working weeks. An obligation for the employer to organize the work of drivers in such a way that the driver is able to take a regular weekly rest time at home, in the country of establishment of the company or the driver’s place of residence each 4 weeks.
- No weekly rest in the vehicle. The weekly rest of 45 hours and more must not be taken in the vehicle. It should be taken either at the suitable accommodation provided and paid by the employer, or at the home base or another private place of rest.
- Drivers can take 2 consecutive reduced weekly rests provided in 4 consecutive weeks there are at least 2 regular weekly rests and 2 reduced weekly rests. The compensation for the two reduced weekly rest periods must be attached to the next weekly rest. However, if 3 or more consecutive reduced weekly rests are taken the compensation must be made within 3 weeks.
- Vehicles in international transport will also have to return to the operations centre in their home country at least every 8 weeks.
- The so-called a cooling-off period of 4 days from the end of the last cabotage operation also applies. Transport companies are not allowed to carry out cabotage with the same vehicle in the same Member State within 4 days following the end of its cabotage operation in that Member State.
- The provisions on cabotage will apply to international transport for vans over 2.5 tones.
- Tachographs will become mandatory for light commercial vehicles between 2,5T – 3,5 T, and small transport operators will be subject to EU rules for transport. Rules of driving and rest times in international transport with delivery vehicles with a permissible total weight of 2.5 to 3.5 tons (2026).