ESTA NEWSFLASH: DB’s new heavy transport rules under scrutiny

ESTA has expressed concern at new rules and conditions imposed by Germany’s rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) on heavy transports when they cross or work near railways lines. The conditions are contained in a so-called framework document published by DB’s newly created infrastructure arm DB InfraGO AG. DB InfraGO was officially launched in January and … Read more

EU heavy transport reform proposals pass important hurdle

ESTA’s long-standing proposals for reform and harmonization of the rules governing heavy transport and abnormal loads throughout the European Union have passed a crucial hurdle. The proposals were contained in the revisions to the EU’s Weights and Dimensions Directive (96/53) which were before the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee of the European Parliament. At its … Read more

Meissner takes ECTOL chair as work gets underway

Work on ESTA’s new European Crane and Transport Operators Licence (ECTOL) scheme is accelerating as the structure of the new organisation is created and approved. ECTOL will be an umbrella body that will oversee both the existing European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) and the new European Transport Operators Licence (ETOL) which will initially focus on … Read more

ESTA’s call for EU heavy transport reform reaches crucial stage

ESTA’s long-standing proposals for reform and harmonization of the rules governing heavy transport and abnormal loads throughout the European Union will reach a crucial stage in the coming days. The proposals are currently before the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee of the European Parliament which is due to vote on them on February 14. They … Read more

ESTA delight at strong awards support

ESTA is delighted at the strong backing for our 2024 awards ceremony in Paris in April from a fantastic list of market-leading sponsors and supporters. ESTA Director Ton Klijn said: “ESTA is proud that the awards have become so popular and enjoyable, as shown by the strong support the event receives from our industry friends … Read more

ESTA NEWSFLASH: Warning of ‘impractical’ European emissions targets

ESTA has strongly criticised European Union officials for agreeing reduced CO2 emissions standards for new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) without putting in place a plan to develop the necessary infrastructure for electric vehicle charging and adoption of alternative fuels. The EU Council and the European Parliament’s negotiators last week announced an agreement on CO2 emission standards … Read more

Fagioli donates safety bonus to Dutch KNRM charity

Italian heavy transport and lifting contractor Fagioli – the winner of the safety category in the 2023 ESTA Awards – has donated a 5,600 euro safety bonus to the Dutch marine search and rescue organisation KNRM. Fagioli earned the bonus from client Saipem for its logistics and prefabrication support work in the Dutch port of … Read more