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Prohibition of transport of semi-trailer on “pocket wagons"
UPDATE! A number of involved companies – Hector Rail, TX Logistics and HUPAC – have now received approval for transport of semi-trailers on pocket wagons. Therefore we expect the Italian traffic will be back to normal during next week (week 4). Blue Water’s Italian team will keep the customers informed.
Blue Water wants to bring to your attention that the Danish Transport, Enterprise and Construction Authority (DTECA) with effect from 8 January 2019 has introduced a prohibition on transport of trailers, loaded on “pocket wagons”, on the Danish railway network.
We regret to inform that this will have consequences for part of our traffic to and from Italy.
Naturally, we will look for alternative solutions such as rail solutions between Italy and Northern Germany and of course road transport. This is, however, a major challenge and we cannot guarantee days of departure nor can we guarantee transit times or price.
The prohibition is introduced due to the railway safety and after DTECA has witnessed a test on 7 January, conducted by Accident Investigation Board Denmark, observing that there might be a risk that the semi-trailer is not securely locked via the kingpin in connection with the loading on to goods wagons of the “pocket wagon” type.
The prohibition remains in force until the railway companies carrying goods on the railway network have fulfilled a number of conditions.
If you have any questions regarding your transport, please feel free to approach your regular contact at Blue Water.
International trucking affected by EU-sentence
In December 2017, the European Court of Justice pronounced a sentence in a case instituted by a Belgian haulier. The sentence stated that truckdrivers will no longer be allowed to stay in the truck during their 45-hour resting period although this has been the procedure for decades. This new limitation will apply in all EU countries in the future.
This means that drivers must find alternative overnight accommodation, such as hotel or the like. The new condition will increase the costs for the industry which is already severely affected by the lack of capacity in Europe.
The ban and increased control will not make it easier to attract drivers. On the contrary, it will worsen the situation with a shortage of drivers in Europe.
We are following the development closely and will keep our clients updated.