Protests against mandatory tests for lorry drivers entering Germany

Protests against mandatory tests for lorry drivers entering Germany

The Republican Employers Union (RÚZ) strongly protests against the introduction of mandatory tests for lorry drivers entering Germany. Such a drastic measure is, according to them, practically unfeasible for drivers, as it is almost impossible to ensure the testing of lorry drivers in Slovakia so that in Germany they can show a test not older than 48 hours (taking into account transport time and mandatory breaks). "Many companies reported that they would not be able to ensure supplies of materials from Slovakia to Germany from midnight on Monday (February 15), which could lead to the collapse of the internal market, disruption in supply chains and might jeopardise the supplying of the population. According to RÚZ, transport companies would not be able to provide tests for their drivers in the time window required by the German authorities," notes RÚZ in its statement.

Thus, the employers clustered in RÚZ are calling on the German government to immediately abolish the obligation to test drivers and crew members of road vehicles and call for compliance with European Green Lanes rules. Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korčok has already intervened against this decision of the German government and contacted his German counterpart Heiko Maas. Slovakia's demands were officially communicated to the German side in Berlin on Saturday (February 13) in a diplomatic note.

Mojmir Prochazka, Photo: AP/TASR