Germany: Traffic restrictions for trucks during the holiday season

Germany: Traffic restrictions for trucks during the holiday season

The German Ministry of transport and infrastructure reports that during the holiday season traffic restrictions are in force for heavy goods vehicles in Germany. During the holiday season drivers of heavy goods vehicles with GVW of over 7.5 tonnes as well as drivers of vehicle combinations will have to be patient. The restrictions that apply to them will be in force every Saturday between 1 July and 31 August, from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. on the following sections of motorways and federal roads: A1 from the Köln-West junction,  through the...

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Dear Driver, here are some tips on how to avoid accidents and problems with the tyres during the heats

Dear Driver, here are some tips on how to avoid accidents and problems with the tyres during the heats

According to the calendar, the summer has just begun. The temperatures are still growing. The summer period is not only the time of hot weather, but also the holiday season in which traffic is the biggest during the year and traffic jams occur more frequently. German ADAC TruckService gives some advice to truck drivers how to prevent accidents and damage to the tyres in these difficult conditions. First: take care of your well-being As ADAC experts say, the most important thing is to focus on what is happening on the road. It is obvious, but...

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How does Rossmann save on logistics? The logistics label as the source of optimisation

How does Rossmann save on logistics? The logistics label as the source of optimisation

The Rossmann brand optimised logistical processes due to the GS1 label in 2013. Since then they have observed tangible benefits of this solution. In 2013 the German chain of drugstore decided to implement the GS1 logistics label in some of its suppliers. GS1 is a standardised label placed on any logistic unit (e.g. a pallet) which allows to automatically read data encoded in the barcode. With it manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, carriers or logistics operators can communicate to each other information about transported goods...

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Germany: No parking spaces by A1 forces drivers to stop on the road in one of the towns

Germany: No parking spaces by A1 forces drivers to stop on the road in one of the towns

Drivers on the German A1 have trouble finding a place where they could spend a break. In the absence of alternatives they stop on the road in Remscheid town to great dissatisfaction of its residents. In June the website for the German town of Remscheid (rga.de) published an article entitled "Truck Drivers in need cause anger (of the town residents – ed.)". As we can read on rga.de, one of the roads in Remscheid Lennep – Tenter Weg – is used as a stopover by drivers who cannot find parking spaces by A1 in this region. On the overfilled Remscheid...

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Cardboard Boxes to Reuse for Courier Services

Cardboard Boxes to Reuse for Courier Services

A Spanish courier company created custom cardboard boxes. Thanks to their special design, they are suitable for reuse. Thanks to the new design of Nacex Box, this cardboard box can be used twice. That is due to its dual closing system—along and across the cardboard boxes—with space for labels for two shipments. A Spanish courier company has created it for its own purposes to reduce the amount of generated waste. The new packaging is manufactured only with 100% organic and recycled materials. According to the company, the new boxes are not only...

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Germany Is Planning to Introduce the Obligation to Have Winter Tyres on Front Steering Wheels

Germany Is Planning to Introduce the Obligation to Have Winter Tyres on Front Steering Wheels

Currently, trucks have to be equipped with winter tyres only on wheels on the axles. The changes are due to be implemented no later than by 1 July 2020. As announced by the German transport union DSLV, no later than by 1 July 2020, the obligation to have winter tyres during the winter conditions will apply not only to wheels on the axles but also to front steering wheels in trucks (from 3.5 t). By 30 September 2024, the M+S tyres will be recognised as winter tyres only if they have been manufactured by the end of 2017. From 1 October, only tyres...

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Exoskeletons: The "Transformers" in Manufacture and Logistics

Exoskeletons: The "Transformers" in Manufacture and Logistics

The exoskeleton, also known as an external skeleton or powered armour, is becoming a popular option in the manufacture and logistics sector. This solution is still in a relatively early stage of development; however, it will definitely have a bright future in many industries. What is an exoskeleton? Exoskeleton is a kind of an armour mounted on the outside of the body. It is aimed to enhance the strength of the user's muscles. It can strengthen all muscles or just some of them. Currently, we distinguish two types of exoskeletons: passive: they...

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Holiday truck traffic restrictions in Austria and Italy

Holiday truck traffic restrictions in Austria and Italy

In the summer season in Italy and Austria truck drivers are faced with additional traffic restrictions, Check where and when they are valid. Restrictions in Austria All year round in Austria there is a weekend driving ban from 3 p.m. on Saturdays until 10 p.m. on Sundays. It applies to vehicles and sets of vehicles with DMC greater than 7.5 t. On holidays truck cannot drive on Austrian roads between midnight and 10 p.m. The restrictions have been extended to the following highways: Inntalautobahn A 12 (from the border of the country in Kufstein...

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France begins an intensive campaign of inspections related to compliance with the Loi Macron

France begins an intensive campaign of inspections related to compliance with the Loi Macron

The French gendarmerie has given its officers instructions about inspecting heavy goods vehicles more strictly which will verify how well are the Loi Macron provisions being adhered to. According to the transport portal cadenadesuministro.es, the French gendarmerie instructed its officers to intensify truck inspections. These measures are supposed to check how carriers apply to Loi Macron which entered into force on 1 July last year. Officers will be checking whether the drivers have the mandatory documentation required by the regulations on...

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Germans start the weekly rest inspections

Germans start the weekly rest inspections

Polish Employer Union TLP has an unofficial information regarding inspections related to the German ban on spending weekly rest in the truck cab. They started on 18 June this year. According to the information obtained by TLP on Sunday 18 June the German Federal Office for Freight Transport (BAG) started inspections related to the ban on spending the 45-hour break in the truck cab. The ban was introduced in Germany on 25 May this year and the penalties for not adhering are 500 euros for the driver and 1500 euros for the company owner. In an...

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