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Brussels, 29 April 2009

Commission conference discusses better and safer parking areas for trucks

Policy makers and business leaders operating in transport gathered in Brussels today to look at the best way forward to improve security, quality and availability of parking areas for heavy goods vehicles along the European road network. The conference was organised under the auspices of the European Commission.

"Truck drivers depend on rest areas, and road safety depends on well-rested drivers. I hope that the European and national initiatives presented at this conference will encourage more investment to make truck parking areas better and more secure," said Antonio Tajani, Commission Vice-President in charge of transport.

The conference explored solutions for improving truck park security, information, certification and capacity. It presented the results of EU-funded projects aimed at promoting good practice for security and quality of truck parking areas. The conference also gave an overview of existing key national initiatives in the field. Some of the key highlights included a release of a European best practice handbook, a call for interest to truck parking developers to get a European label of quality and the launch of new on-line service providing information on existing parking areas in Europe.

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