Call for European safe parking area plans to be amended

ESTA is calling on the European Commission to amend its plans for a network of Safe and Secure Truck Parking Areas (SSTPAs) to include abnormal transports and take account of the needs of women drivers. At its meeting in early September, ESTA’s Board repeated its support for the concept but said the current plans remain … Read more

Frustration in Italy at illogical and inefficient regulations

Companies in Italy are complaining that illogical and excessive bureaucracy is seriously hindering the heavy transport and lifting sector, pushing up costs and causing projects to be delayed unnecessarily. ESTA’s Italian member association ANNA and the heavy transport and lifting company Fagioli have both complained to the authorities and ESTA has written in their support. … Read more

ESTA and manufacturers say parts of new EU machinery regs are “completely unworkable”

Crane and access platform manufacturers – plus ESTA and European rental companies – have reacted with disbelief to a clause in the draft new European Machinery Regulations that requires all mobile machinery to be designed to prevent contact with overhead power lines or where the risk cannot be avoided, designed to ensure that all hazards … Read more

ESTA Newsflash : ELA information on rules for posting of drivers

The European Labour Authority (ELA) has published two information leaflets for drivers and operators in the road transport sector on the “posting of drivers” and “driving and rest time rules”. The first leaflet “Posted drivers – know your rights and obligations” – here – explains when a driver is posted and when not, and … Read more

New guidance from the ICSA aims to raise safety standards

ICSA – the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly – has published two new detailed, free guidance documents on the use of mobile cranes. The first – ICSA 005 – is the long-awaited report on the use of mobile cranes on barges. Work on this started in the wake of a crane accident in Alphen aan den … Read more

ESTA lobbies Norway’s crane companies for ECOL support

Norway’s crane association – Kranutleiernes Landsforening – heard a detailed explanation of ESTA’s European Crane Operators Licence project from ESTA Director Ton Klijn at its recent annual meeting held in the country’s capital, Oslo. Following the meeting, crane association Secretary Kristian Hersløv said: “We are open to the idea of ECOL and there are obvious … Read more

Top European companies back ESTA’s SPMT training plans

Eleven leading European companies have said they will join ESTA’s discussions about how to create a Europe-wide system of training for SPMT operators. Concern has been growing in the industry at the lack of recognised training qualifications and the need to improve safety standards as the SPMT market grows. As a result, ESTA set up … Read more

Book your place at ESTA’s autumn meetings in Finland

ESTA’s 2022 Autumn Meeting will be hosted by Finnish association INFRA and takes place on October 13 and 14 in Helsinki at the Scandic Grand Marina Hotel. ESTA members can reserve their rooms themselves through Scandic’s official website using the Hotel Room booking button in the meetings section of this website. Meanwhile, Antti Astren has … Read more