The Ministry of Transports will complete, by the end of the week, the draft for the bill to modify the Transports Law, which should be adopted by December, and will organize a preliminary consultation meeting with the employers’ confederations next week, Eusebiu Pistru, state secretary in the ministry, stated, yesterday, during a conference.
Also attending the conference, the chairman of the National Union of Road Hauliers from Romania (UNTRR), Constantin Isac, argued that, should the Transport Ministry fail to organize the meeting with employers next week, transporters would take to the street. The secretary general of UNTRR, Radu Dinescu, stated that the employers’ confederation had proposed a series of amendments to the bill, including the extension of the licence’s validity term from five to ten years and, from one to ten years, for the certified copy. According to UNTRR, at present there are 36,000 companies, which apply for the issuing of an average 134,000 certified copies a year. “The ministry collects approximately EUR 8 M a year from fees for the issuing of a copy. They are probably not pleased with the prospect of collecting EUR 8 M every ten years, rather than every year,” the UNTRR official argued.
Other modifications proposed by UNTRR include the introduction of an identification record for drivers, the founding of a unified inspection body (at present, checks are conducted, individually, by CNADNR, ARR and RAR), the introduction of a system ranking companies according to risk categories, the regulation of access to the profession and setting minimum criteria to be taken into consideration when calculating transport fees.