I recently had the good fortune to travel to Austria and Germany for a tour of the Alps and surrounding country sides. Along the way we travelled by bus on several very busy highways. Our tour guide Nick was enamored with the European trucking industry. We received quite the education! Initially I noted that the tremendous number of truck were all confined to the right lane of the highways. There was no speeding nor passing. Additionally Nick pointed out that each driver had what he described as a “computer card” which tracked daily driving activity. Drivers in Europe are very concerned with committing any violations of the rules of the road. Penalties are strict. Driving hours in Europe are much more limited than in the U.S. Maximum driving hours per week are 56 versus 70 in the U.S.
The U.S. has an 8 hour rule with 30 minute break with a 14 hour daily maximum. Europe has a 4.5 hour maximum for non-stop driving (8-9 hours max per day) with a 45 minute break or two stops with a 15 minute and 30 minute break. Europe limits number of hours for a 2 week period to 90. The U.S. does not limit. Both the E.U. and U.S. require the electronic onboard device, EOBR or some type of electronic logging, ELD. Again, in Europe, enforcement is very strict. In the U.S., enforcement is more laxed and unfortunately many truckers are always trying to “get around the rules”. Again, all of these rules are designed for safety of the driving public.ccFinally, Europe is very concerned with climate change and climate protection. The U.S., not so much.
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