Brussels - 400.000 safe and secure parking spaces are lacking in the EU. This is the conclusion of a new study published by the European Commission. Cargo crimes are more frequent than ever, and about 75% of these incidents are happening when trucks are parked in unsecure parking places.
As a response to this critical situation, both for drivers and cargo owners, the Commission is promoting safe and secure parking areas, making available CEF-funding and it is setting up an expert group to implement the agreed standard.
Most road users have witnessed overcrowded truck parking areas along motorways, where trucks are parked on entry/exit ramps to parking areas due to capacity problems. It is not only extremely dangerous in terms of road safety, it is also highly uncomfortable and stressful for drivers, and worrying for cargo owners as these parking areas in most cases provide no protection against intrusion and theft. Drivers have no choice but to stop when the maximum driving time expires, and deserve– a comfortable, safe and secure rest.
Against this background and the context of seeking to improve working conditions of drivers as part of Mobility Package I, the Commission, based on a pilot projects initiated by the European parliament, launched a study to propose solutions and a way forward.
The study proposes a common standard for safe and secure parking areas – ‘EU-Parking’ - ranging from a low level (Bronze) via medium (Silver) to high (Gold and Platinum), all with the same minimum service levels for drivers in terms of sanitation, restauration and comfort. The study also proposes audit procedures, standard APIs (Application Program Interfaces) for booking systems as well as practical and financial guidelines for promoters on how to develop safe and secure parking areas