Expert Round table for the EU-funded project “Setup and ITS connectivity of safe and secure truck parking areas along the TEN-T Core Network Corridors

  • Insurers’ point of view on secure parking areas
  • Shippers’ point of view on secure parking areas
  • Parking owners’ and operators point of view on secure parking areas
  • ITS suppliers’ point of view on secure parking areas
  • Operators ‘point of view on secure parking areas

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DHLF_Esporg _Presentation_Jan 2017 TLN logo-23 januari 2017
HFU: Summary of a survey on truck parking – Secure parking


The seminar was attended by representatives of

  • Secure Parking Operators
  • Providers of security and IT features
  • The logistic & transport industry
  • The insurance industry
  • Driver organisations.

All participants were in favour of a further development of a network of reliable, certified SPAs across the EU as cargo crime especially cargo thefts on parking areas are increasing.

There was consensus that ESPORG – as the professional organization for secure parking areas – can and should play an important role in regards to the coordination and quality control to ensure that security levels as indicated can be trusted.

Previous and current EU initiatives and funding possibilities could assist in solving the existing problem regarding a general lack of SPAs all over the EU. However, there was agreement amongst the expert group that in order for Member States to move faster, mandatory legislation for Member States to make available SPAs, should be put in place. However, meeting participants also acknowledged that even with further legislative push it could take years before Member States will comply with the imposed rules. Therefore, even stronger EU financial support and subventions that are easily obtainable are needed to incentivise Private Investments in SPAs.

A crucial point in the discussion concerned the payment for the use of the SPAs. It remains the question who should bear the cost – the cargo owners or the carrier? Participants agreed that the cost of a SPA parking ticket e.g. €20/night is a small cost compared to the value of a shipment of some €100.000 or even up to €500.000. However, if this cost should be included in the costs of the current margins of hauliers operating e.g. 50 trucks a day, the daily cost will be €1.000/day, which is impossible to cover from the current reduced profit margins in the road transport business.

Consensus was therefore that the shippers (the cargo-owners) have a large role to play in this respect also as the value of the shipment versus the max liability under CMR can be as large as 1/10. It should therefore be the primary duty of the cargo owners to perform some “risk management” instead of shifting all the problems to the carrier against a minimum (and still decreasing) transport costs.

As drivers, also would have a better-quality rest, road safety would be improved when staying at SPAs and as such carriers could also be involved in creating together with the shippers/cargo owners a joint business case for using SPAs.

The main conclusions for the expert round table were therefore that there is a need for:

  • building more secure parking areas throughout the EU e.g. in PPPs. Authorities play a large role in making available land for the SPAs along or nearby main transport corridors;
  • simplifying the access to EU and national funding of SPAs by e.g. removing the request of obtaining the support of the Member State where the SPA is being constructed;
  • a jointly recognised standard for SPAs as provided by ESPORG;
  • a recognised certification of SPAs as offered by ESPORG in cooperation with DEKRA;
  • regulation or incentives to use a secure parking e.g. from legislators or the insurance industry (some insurers in Eastern Europe or Spain are already excluding the risk of theft on non-secure parking areas, others are providing small rebates on premiums if using SPAs);
  • including the usage of SPAs in the transport tenders thus opening for shippers paying for the majority of the parking fees, but obtaining incentives from the insurance industry;
  • providing to transport operators and shippers a preferable real-time guarantee that a secure parking has been used by the drivers,
  • making available a pan-EU information, reservation and payment system for SPAs to be used by transport planners and drivers.

The project “Setup and ITS connectivity of safe and secure truck parking areas in Romania along the TEN-T Core Network Corridors” 2015-RO-TM-0137-M is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility. The CEF programme for Transport consists of projects – defined as studies or works – whose ultimate purpose is to ensure the cohesion, interconnection and interoperability of the Trans-European Transport Network, as well as access to it. CEF projects, which are located in every EU Member State, include all modes of transport.

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