ESTA briefing – position on proposed new UK immigration rules

ESTA is very concerned about the recently-announced new UK plans to combat illegal immigration. ESTA recognises the challenges and cannot condone any willing assistance from drivers and road goods transport companies to facilitate illegal immigration, but we have a number of reservations related to the new proposed immigration rules, specifically where they are aimed at the road transport sector. In summary, the UK Government is proposing: – to increase the fines levied on transport companies by raising the maximum penalty per person found entering illegally … Read more

Sander Splinter: A tribute

It is ESTA’s sad duty to announce the death of Sander Splinter, our former Board Member and President of the Section Cranes. He was 49 and had been suffering from lung cancer.He leaves his wife and three daughters. Sander Splinter – The national condolence register Sander was a highly respected figure in our industry. He … Read more

Brussels raises concerns over “unworkable” French blind spot rules

European Commission officials and the French authorities are in talks over the country’s controversial introduction of rules on “blind spot” safety stickers for road transport. The new rules – which made such stickers mandatory for all lorries travelling on French roads  – came into force on January 1, although international vehicles were given until April … Read more

STOP PRESS: ESTA Awards 2021 finalists announced

The list of finalists for the ESTA Awards 2021 has been released. Further details of the projects, companies and products will be published shortly. The winners will be announced during the free online ESTA Awards and Market Update event on April 22. To see the shortlist, go to the awards section of this website here To … Read more

ESTA concerned at introduction of ERRU register

ESTA is “extremely concerned” at the impact on the heavy and abnormal transport sector of the new sanctions register for transport violations which will come into effect on April 1. The ERRU register – the European Register of Road Transport Undertakings – contains Europe-wide records of violations of transport legislation and includes a penalty points … Read more

ECOL in talks over rigger training

ESTA’s European Crane Operator Licence is in talks about the possibility of developing a rigger training scheme to run alongside its increasingly popular operator training courses. The move was revealed at last week’s online ECOL Participants meeting and followed discussions at the most recent meeting of the ECOL Supervisory Board. The Board gave the go-ahead … Read more

UK delays implementing post-Brexit transport rules

On March 11, the UK Government announced substantial delays to the timetable for the implementation of new post-Brexit requirements for the transport industry covering customs, sanitary and phytosanitary rules. In response, the IRU said: “The delays in the UK implementation timetable provide extra time to prepare the transport operators for the next steps…IRU will undertake … Read more

ICSA best practice guides nearing completion

Two new best practice guides for the crane industry have moved a step closer to publication after the latest meeting of the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly (ICSA) which took place online in February. Final touches are being put to the long-awaited best practice guide on the safe use of mobile cranes on barges and work … Read more

Sarens runs its first ECOL training course

Sarens – the Belgium-based international heavy lift and transportation company – has run its first training course for the European Crane Operators Licence just weeks after becoming the latest organisation to complete the process of becoming an approved ECOL training centre.  The company’s training centre in Wolvertem, Belgium, received its ECOL Certificate at the end … Read more