Norway Post reviews driver controls after rule breach
Norway Post has launched a full review of its transport network after its freight division Bring was found to be breaking the law on foreign drivers. The postal service found itself in trouble last week as two Polish trucks stopped in Voss were found to be violating regulations that limit the use of foreign drivers within Norway, one of which was working for Bring.
In response, the company said it would review its procedures and controls to ensure there were no violations of the cross-border transit regulations.
With increasing international trade, Norway Post said it was “completely normal” to see international carriers and foreign subcontractors on Norwegian roads.
Norwegian transport regulations, known as “kabotasjereglene”, restrict foreign carriers to three trips within a week in Norway in order to protect domestic transportation companies.
Norway Post insisted that its drivers comply with the rules, and said it kept track of them with GPS and tracking technology.
“We have good controls and strict rules for this in relation to our subcontractors,” said Norway Post president and chief executive Dag Mejdell, who said if there had been a breach of the rules by a Bring subcontractor, it was “totally unacceptable”. “It should not occur, of course,” he said.
“Bring has a significant international business and drives within a lot of foreign countries with their own and subcontracted drivers. But when foreign drivers are in Norway of course Norwegian rules are followed,” said the Norway Post CEO.