Too few parking spaces lead truck drivers to park in dark places. Monitored security parking lots are far too expensive for many. Therefore, the Federal Office for Goods Transport (Bundesamt für Güterverkehr/ BAG) wants to support the use.
More safety for drivers and trucks is provided by safety parking spaces on and off the motorways. They are not only equipped with a barrier and brightly lit but are also constantly monitored with cameras. But so far, the parking lots for many transport companies were simply too expensive or simply not accepted. The Federal Office for Goods Transport (FOPH) will be funding up to 80 percent of the cost of secure parking from the coming DE-Minimis period in 2018 so that more hauliers and drivers can be sure of their own safety and their cargo. However, this only applies to trucks over 7.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight.
Standards required for parking lots
However, if you want to reduce your costs, you must make sure that the parking lots meet certain standards. The FOPH assumes that this is a fenced area with restricted access. In addition, the entrances and exits must be monitored with cameras. Dummies do not count. In addition, the entire area must be brightly lit. Which may not be so pleasant for drivers who want to sleep. In addition, the sanitary facilities have to be within walking distance. To prove it, it is sufficient to have a note on the bill or choose a certified parking lot.
Costs must be at least 125 euros net
In order to receive a refund, the hauliers must meet some requirements. According to the BAG, the minimum amount of the expenses for secure parking must be at least 125 euros net. In order to make the billing easier, the office provides a sample of the collective invoice on the website.
Important for the refund: Each receipt must contain a payee, the reason and date of payment, the intended use and the proof of payment. Perhaps this measure succeeds in persuading the industry to rethink, because according to empirical research conducted by the Institute for Logistics Law and Risk Management at Bremerhaven last year, one in four transport companies interviewed were victims of cargo theft through tarpaulin slashes. The damage to the cargo was reported by the companies at an average of around 17,000 euros; the damage to the tarpaulin amounted to just over 3,500 euros.