Sweden: Stricter sanctions against non-resident hauliers who violate EU cabotage regulation

There has been heated debate in the transport sector regarding the common market's impact on Swedish wages and working conditions. A new law tries to deal with some of the most obvious violations of the rules on cabotage by road. 

Since January 2015, the Swedish police force is allowed to take stricter actions against non-resident hauliers, which violate the EU regulation on cabotage (Regulation (EC) 1072/2009). A new law, which partly was introduced in January and partly in March, gives the police the right to obstruct a vehicle that has carried out more road shipments in Sweden than the regulation stipulates up to 24 hours and to issue fines of a maximum of SEK 40,000 (€4,300 as at 23 March 2015). Sweden is the Scandinavian country where illegal shipments are the most common (article in Swedish). Both the Swedish Association of Road Transport Companies (in Swedish) and the Swedish Transport Workers Union (in Swedish) are satisfied with the new legislation.

Protests and demonstrations by trade unions and employers against foreign hauliers’ violations of the legislation on cabotage by road took place prior to the introduction of the new legislation. The violations have been regarded as a threat against the transport sector due to dumping of prices, wages and working conditions (article in Swedish). The government decided to reinforce the measures for prevention of continuing journeys in a new law (in Swedish), which was expected to enter into force on 1 July 2015.

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