ESTA is the leading European association for the abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry.

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Welcome to ESTA, the leading European association for the abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry. We represent national trade associations whose members are mobile crane and access platform, rental and abnormal road transport companies.

Individual companies can become special members if there is no appropriate national association from their country. ESTA also welcomes affiliate members from relevant clients, government departments, regulatory bodies, service companies and all organisations active in our markets.

In addition, ESTA has recently created the category of “Supporter” for companies that are members of their ESTA’s national associations but who want to become more directly involved in ESTA’s work.


Sarens receives ECOL training centre approval

January 12, 2021

Sarens - the Belgium-based international heavy lift and transportation company - is the latest organisation to complete the process of becoming an approved European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) training centre and is expected to start its first ECOL courses shortly. The company's training centre in Wolvertem, Belgium, received its ECOL Certificate at the end of last year.

IRU details Brexit deal's impact on road transport

December 29, 2020

The Brexit deal's impact on road transport has become clearer. The European Union and the United Kingdom have signed a draft EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement and the IRU has produced a summary of the most important new rules related to road and goods transport that will come into effect on January 1, 2021. The IRU document is  here.

EU sets new COVID EU-UK transport rules as French border reopens

December 23, 2020

The European Commission has adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new COVID variant in the United Kingdom. At the same time,  UK Government has sent a strong message to drivers to avoid the Kent area while the backlog of trucks is cleared following the reopening of the UK French border on the understanding that drivers are tested for the COVID virus. 

Full story is in ESTA News here and official documents are in Downloads here

Intermat cancelled -  ESTA Awards 2021 to go online

December 18, 2020

Following the news that Intermat in April next year has been cancelled, we are now planning to hold our ESTA Users’ Night and Awards on April 22nd, 2021 as an online event, with the addition of a special celebration of the winners at our autumn meeting in Finland, which we hope we will be able to hold in person. The 2021 entry forms are in the Awards section of this website here

UK confirms readiness for TIR post-Brexit

December 20, 2020

The UK government has confirmed it is ready for increased TIR transits between the UK and the EU when the Brexit transition period ends in two weeks. Extensive UK government planning and new support information for hauliers seeks to mitigate potential traffic and driver issues on the UK side of the border. More information is in Downloads on this website here or on the IRU website here

IRU details post-Brexit road transport regulations

December 15, 2020

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The International Road Transport Union - of which ESTA is a member -  has outlined the procedures for road transport vehicles using ports between the UK and the European Union that will enter into force on January  1st , 2021.

Details are here

Opposition grows to new French "blind spot" rules

December 15, 2020

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has written two letters to the European Commission - to DG MOVE and DG GROW - calling on them to oppose the obligatory marking of blind spots on heavy-duty vehicles being unexpectedly being introduced in France from January 1. Go to Downloads on this website for copies of the letters.

Emergency Brexit contingency plans announced

December 11, 2020

1024px Flag of EuropeESTA Director Ton Klijn has today written to all ESTA members advising them of the contingency measures being planned in case the European Union and the UK fail to reach agreement on their future relationship.

New signage rules in France causing concern

December 7, 2020

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A row is brewing over new regulations introduced in France on "blind spot" signage for heavy transport vehicles that are due to come into effect unexpectedly on January 1, 2021.

Full story is here

ECOL exams available in three languages

November 20, 2020

ECOL logo cmyk   finalThe online examination system for ESTA's European Crane Operators Licence project is now up and running in three languages - English, Dutch and Danish - and work is underway on German and Spanish versions. Full story here

Van Noort warns on future skills shortages

November 20, 2020

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Wouter van Noort, ESTA’s Section Cranes President and European Managing Director for Mammoet, has warned the crane industry of the long-term dangers of losing skilled employees during the Covid19 crisis. Full story here

Concern at Germany's VEMAGS permit reforms

November 19, 2020

ESTA is planning to talk to the European Commission about the growing concerns surrounding planned changes to Germany's VEMAGS permit regulations for heavy and abnormal transport. Full story here

ECOL talks in Germany, Ireland and Spain

October 5, 2020

ECOL logo cmyk   finalTalks are underway with organisations in Germany, Ireland and Spain to establish mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) between the national crane operator licencing authorities and ESTA’s European Crane Operators Licence.

In addition, five more training institutes have applied to join the European Crane Operators Licence system – three from Belgium and two from Germany.  Full stories are in ESTA News here

Winners of ESTA 2020 Awards announced

September 25, 2020

Comb Tech FagioliItalian company Fagioli and Netherlands-based Mammoet Europe both took home two of the top prizes in this year’s delayed ESTA Awards. Click here for the full list of winners and finalists. A full recording of the event is  here . The awards - and the accompanying webinar – were run online for the first time due to the COVID19 pandemic and attracted more than 400 registered delegates. The event was jointly organised by ESTA and International Cranes and Specialized Transport.  It attracted record numbers of entries from 13 countries and was sponsored by Kässbohrer, Liebherr, Spierings and Tadano Demag. (Photo is from Fagioli's winning entry for its work following the tragic collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa.)


ESTA Director makes Brexit appeal

October 2, 2020

ESTA Director Ton Klijn has made a direct appeal to British companies and associations not to let the Brexit debate divide – and weaken -  the European heavy transport and lifting industries.

New EU transport regulations approved

July 29, 2020

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European transport companies will have to deal with new rules for driving and rest times, cabotage, secondment and the introduction of the smart tachograph 2 after the European Parliament approved a new range of Mobility Package proposals on July 9. Full story here

ESTA asks Brussels to give wind safety higher priority

July 29, 2020

ESTA Director Ton Klijn has written to Wind Harmony – the project funded by the European Commission with the aim of improving safety in the fast-growing wind industry – to call for greater emphasis on lifting and transportation safety during the construction of onshore wind farms.

ECOL confirms British Columbia recognition deal

July 15, 2020

BC logo ogoThe European Crane Operators Licence has signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the British Columbia Association for Crane Safety (BCACS) from Canada following a meeting of the ECOL Expert Committee in May. The expert meeting – held electronically due to COVID-19 – agreed to an alignment of standards between ECOL and the BCAS.  The two sides then signed a formal MRA, a process that was completed on July 8.  The agreement means that an ECOL licence and a BCACS licence will be interchangeable and operators holding them will be able to work in both territories. Full story is on the ECOL website here

ESTA and TLN call for rethink on VEMAGS changes 

July 13, 2020

ESTA and Dutch member TLN have written a joint letter to the German authorities raising serious concerns about changes to the VEMAGS permit issuing system that were introduced at the end of June. For more, go the ESTA News here

Marking and lighting campaign wins support

June 18, 2020

200128 8 axle semi BOLKESTA’s long-running campaign to harmonize international marking and lighting regulations for heavy transport and abnormal loads has received a major boost. The proposals have won the backing of the VDA, the influential German automotive industry association and will now be presented to the UNECE committee responsible for administering international conventions on traffic regulations in October. Full story is here

ESTA calls for action on wind industry BPG

May 14, 2020

ESTA WTG 2020 Digital FC 1585562371ESTA is calling on its members and supporters to encourage the wind industry to adopt its new best practice guide and improve the sector’s safety record. The new guide can be downoaded for free from this website for a limited period here . The Best Practice Guide discussions were lead by ESTA with the support of VDMA Power Systems, the part of the German Engineering Federation whose members include the major turbine manufacturers, and the crane manufacturers through FEM, the European Materials Handling Federation. The full story is here

Support grows for ECOL in Germany

April 30, 2020

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Crane & Logistics Partner has been certified as the first German-based examination institute for ESTA’s new European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL). 

Liebherr receives final ECOL approval

April 2, 2020

liebherr lwe schulung peineman DSC 9739Liebherr has completed the process of becoming an approved European Crane Operators Licence training centre and has carried out the first three German language ECOL examinations in Ehingen at the Liebherr Schulungszentrum.

ESTA’s new wind industry BPG published

March 30, 2020

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ESTA has published a new best practice guide in an attempt to cut onshore wind farm accidents. For a limited period, the Best Practice Guide for the Transport and Installation of Onshore WTG Systems is available to download free of charge from a special section on this website. Further details are here and the report is here

New international recognition for ECOL

March 23, 2020

ESTA’s new European Crane Operators Licence is to sign its second Mutual Recognition Agreement with the British Columbia Association for Crane Safety (BCACS) from Canada following a meeting in the Netherlands last month.

New EU directive underlines urgent need for ECOL

February 10, 2020

Support for ESTA’s new European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) could be given added impetus by a new directive from the European Union due to come into force this summer. Go to ESTA News here for the full story.

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