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PR(08)68: Iceland fails to incorporate rules regarding social legislation relating to road transport


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today decided to deliver two reasoned opinions to Iceland for its failure to make a Regulation and a Directive, both related to social legislation on driving times, breaks and rest periods for drivers in road transport, part of its internal legal order[1].

In order to improve working conditions and safety in road transport, the Regulation aims at making the previous EEA rules in this area both clearer and simpler. It also introduces the use of digital recording equipment to monitor the compliance of the legislation. The Directive shall ensure proper application and harmonised interpretation of these rules in all EEA.

Both Acts should have been incorporated in Iceland by 1 May 2008.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority may decide to bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take satisfactory measures within three months of receiving the reasoned opinions.

For further information, please contact:

Ragnhild Behringer
Deputy Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 64








[1]Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulations (EEC) No 3821/85 and (EC) No 2135/98 and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85and Directive 2006/22/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on minimum conditions for the implementation of Council Regulations (EEC) No 3820/85 and (EEC) No 3821/85 concerning social legislation relating to road transport.


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