Is it time to introduce a new authority?
I ended the previous blog post by asking whether the Police, the Swedish Transport Agency (Trafikverket) and their European counterparts have the resources to enforce the rules imposed by the new mobility package.
My understanding is that Sweden, for the moment at least, has not yet allocated any extra resources to this task.
There is a risk that the mobility package will become a toothless legislation with no effect.
I have previously expressed some concern that the new mobility package might push even more drivers away from the industry, as it will be both cumbersome and time-consuming to keep up with.
I agree that it’s important to clamp down on operators who break rules, cheat and exploit cheap labour. It’s great that the new rules are being introduced, however to a certain degree. They have to be simple enough to follow for those involved; if they are too complicated, many working hours will be wasted on 'paperwork'.
At the same time, there must be a clear plan on how the new rules will be enforced. For the time being, I am pretty sure that the Swedish traffic police and the Swedish Transport Agency – with a few exceptions – have no idea how or what they must do to enforce the new mobility package.
From what I have heard, no additional resources or tools have yet been provided.
And as I’m writing this blog post, I hear on the radio that yet another young person in Sweden has been shot dead. I can't help but wonder if the police will be able to prioritise the enforcement of the mobility package when there is so much that needs to be done with these gangs.
Perhaps it is time for the EU to set up a special authority to focus on the transport industry in all Member States?
After all, what you feed will eventually grow.