The regulation of cabotage

We explained in an earlier post what cabotage means. Today we remember it when we echo the changes that accompany the new European regulations. Even so, we will give a few brushstrokes on what it means by way of introduction.

Regulación cabotaje Parlamento Europeo

What is cabotage?

We said that cabotage is the transport of people, goods or luggage between different places in the territory of a state without leaving it. In other words, it is used to describe the movement made by a transport between different places in the same country. If you want to know more about cabotage, or to know the curiosities that characterize it, visit our previous post.


Changes to the legislation on cabotage in land transport in the European Parliament.

On 4 June, the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport voted on part of the Mobility Package that caused the most distension among the Member States of the European Union.

Aspects such as the working conditions of road transport, cabotage, the possible relaxation of driving and rest periods, or the international movement of drivers are included. It is necessary that the text approved for the Transport Commission must be approved in the plenary session of the European Parliament and debated in the transport council before being approved as law.

Of this proposal, cabotage stands out above all others. Among other things, because of the influence it may have on current transport practices and abuses. It proposes broadening the geographical scope of application of cabotage operations, which could be carried out both in the countries of destination of the international transport previously carried out or in any neighbouring country, and limits the maximum cabotage to 48 hours. Once this period has elapsed, the vehicle will not be able to carry out new operations until 72 hours have elapsed from the return of the vehicle to the State where it is registered.

Parliament’s intention with these limitations is to avoid the constant abuses currently being carried out in relocated companies that carry out cabotage on a permanent basis in other Member States.

We find further changes in the proposals relating to driving times and rest periods, the ban on rest in the cabin when it is not carried out in a properly equipped area, among others.

We hope that this article has served as an introduction to the new legislation. We will keep you up to date with changes on our Transvolando blog.

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