Just to let you know that the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee of the European Parliament (EP) approved the extension of the 12-day rule to national coach travel during its meeting on 4th June 2018 in Brussels. The MEPs agreed that national coach journeys of a total duration of 12 days with one coach driver could be possible once again.
In the future, there will be a more flexible design of coach driver rest and break times. These can be split according to the agreed text into 3 breaks of 15 minutes duration. The first break can be taken after 45 minutes driving time and a total of 45 minutes total break time must be taken after no later than 4.5 hours driving.
Furthermore, coach holiday and passenger transport should be allowed to extend the maximum driving time by one hour twice a week if it does not affect overall road safety. This is especially helpful if, due to unforeseen circumstances, it is not possible to reach a final destination during regular maximum driving time.
Coach drivers are also not to fall within the scope of the Posting of Workers Directive when they are neither accepting new passengers nor dropping passengers off while passing through other EU Member States.
While this is a very positive development it is only a first step, it is now imperative that these votes are also confirmed by the Plenary Session of the European Parliament, and that the European Parliament then insists on these points being also confirmed in its discussions with the Transport Council of the European Union.