Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Sunday) demanded that the European Commission immediately investigate new German rules that could penalise Irish Hauliers on German Roads.
“I’ve have been approached by the Irish Haulage industry and they are very concerned at how the new Minimum Wage rules are being applied in Germany. In January of this year, Germany introduced a minimum wage of €8.50 which not only applies to those living in Germany but also for truck drivers who are passing through Germany.”
“While the Irish minimum wage is already above the new German rate at €8.65, soon to rise to €9.15, the problem is compliance. The legislation requires that anyone stopped on the roadside must produce contracts of employment, payslips or records of working hours. Effectively, a haulier has to have information on the spot.”
“You could have a situation where an Irish truck driver is working on the continent for a two week period. They won’t have access to payslips or timesheets until they return to Ireland. This requirement creates an administrative nightmare for drivers and a concern for Irish truck companies who can face heavy fines and penalties.”
“This is not about the minimum wage. It’s about enforcement.”
“Why include foreign truck drivers in the legislation? No other EU country does so. The legislation has effectively created a barrier to free trade. I have asked the EU Commission to investigate this on the basis of fair competition and freedom of movement across the EU.”
“We should not forget that 98% of all Irish exports leaves through our ports and then on by road to their destination. Mad barriers to trade, such as this, must be challenged as a means of preventing the free movement of trade” concluded MEP Hayes.