The ongoing European Commission initiative to develop new standards for safe and secure truck parking areas in Europe, is highly relevant, to ensure safe and good resting conditions for European truck drivers. We therefore very much welcome this initiative. However, in the context of the European Green Deal and given the urgency to decarbonise the road transport sector to reach climate neutrality in 2050, we are concerned that the current needs of refrigerated trailers and the future needs of zero-emission trucks are not taken into account.
The signatories of the letter therefore ask for:
- plug-in stations for refrigerated trucks for all new parking areas and the ones undergoing important upgrades;
- an assessment of the existing grid capacity of the parking areas to be able to plan ahead future needs of zero-emission trucks ; and
- EU funding to be linked to these standards, i.e. only parking areas offering this services and providing this information should have access to CEF funding for Safe and Secure Truck Parking.