In memory of René van der Steen

It is with great sadness that the ECOL Foundation has to announce the sudden death of Supervisory Board member René van der Steen. He was 64 years old. René had been suffering from ill health for some time but until recently – driven by his great energy and enthusiasm – he was able to continue … Read more

ECOL announces new in-company training scheme

ESTA’s growing European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) has adopted a new in-company apprentice training structure which the organisation’s leaders hope will make it easier for countries with a strong tradition of apprenticeships to become directly involved in the project. In light of the development, one leading German organisation has already indicated that it intends to … Read more

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

ESTA Awards 2021 – winners and finalists

The winners of the 2021 ESTA Awards were announced last week in a well-received online ceremony that attracted almost 300 participants. Details of all the winners and finalists are below. 1. CRANES, TELESCOPIC, LIFTING CAPACITY MORE THAN 120 TONNES WINNER Mammoet EuropeThree wheeled mobile cranes were chosen over one crawler crane for the installation of … Read more

Talks begin over loader crane standards reforms

Talks are underway in Europe about whether knuckle boom/loader cranes of over 150Tm capacity should come under the EN13000 standard rather than EN12999 for safety reasons. The controversial discussions will be led by a new harmonization group created by Workgroups 2 and 11 of CEN TC 147, the part of the European Committee for Standardization … 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