ESPORG’s approach is based on the SETPOS (Secured Truck Parking Operational Systems) and LABEL projects that were supported by DG TREN (now DG MOVE) of the European Commission. SETPOS developed initial standards for secure truck parking areas and started the development of information, booking and guidance systems. LABEL looked into the certification of secure truck parking areas.

ESPORG was created out of the need to further develop and professionalize these kick-off projects into a coherent full-service system. Therefore ESPORG developed the only European standard for secure truck parking areas that combines security and services and assesses them via a thorough third-party certification process. In the future the certification will also include an assessment of the connectivity. As a member of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) ESPORG supports the promotion of certified secure parking areas.

ESPORG advises its members to comply with European legislation and also supports national and European decision-makers with insights for future regulatory action. Truck parking operators should abide by the following rules:

  • Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management recognises that a sufficient number of safe rest areas is important for crime prevention and road safety. This legislation also ensures through road safety impact assessments and audits, that when new road sections are built, adequate and safe parking areas are foreseen.
  • Directive 2010/40/EU requests the Commission to define specifications for the provision of information and reservation services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles (Intelligent Truck Parking).
  • On the basis of Directive 2010/40/EU, the Commission has adopted its Regulation 885/2013 on the provision of information services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles.

The European Commission also provides funding programmes for safe and secure truck parking areas under the CEF umbrella.