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certified for sustainable
Leading Dutch removals firm and BAR International Associate Mondial
Movers has been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark for dedication to
corporate social responsibility across all areas of its business.
The Social Enterprise Mark is a quality accreditation given to companies that can prove, through an independent
audit, that they are structurally committed to advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These provide a global blueprint for achieving a more sustainable future by tackling key universal challenges such
as poverty, inequality and climate change.
Mondial was recognised for its continued efforts to tackle poverty and inequality in its local community by
providing job opportunities to employed people, as well as through its internal education programme that helps
advance the careers of disadvantaged young people who are experiencing difficulty obtaining qualifications.
The firm was also praised for its commitment to the environment by continuing to expand its fleet of electric
“We’re more than just a moving organisation: corporate social responsibility is in our DNA, and the Social Enterprise
Mark is an acknowledgement of our efforts,” commented Marcel de Waal, Mondial Movers’ General Director.
For more information, visit www.mondialmoversinternational.nl/en
50 Removals & Storage September 2020
Rather than in San Diego, California, as
originally planned, this year’s International
Association of Movers (IAM) annual conference
will take place completely online on 21-23
October, as the United States continues to
grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic.
A virtual platform will allow participants to
attend business presentations, networking events
and even virtual exhibitor booths.
The news comes shortly after the Canadian
Association of Movers (CAM) announced
the postponement of its 2020 conference in
Edmonton to 14-16 November 2021.
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Changes to EU driving rules enter into force
The first measures of the EU Mobility Package, which sets out new rules around
drivers’ hours and tachographs for international road transport, came into effect
last month. BAR Members operating internationally are advised to review the
changes, brief their staff and plan drivers’ work to comply with the new regulations.
Stricter rules on driving and resting periods mean that drivers involved in cross-border
transport are now required to return home every four weeks and are no longer able to
take their mandatory weekly rest in their truck cabs. For the first time, employers are
required to pay for accommodation if rest periods are taken away from home.
Measures to ensure fairer competition between transport firms include revised
cabotage rules from May 2022 that will implement a four-day cooling-off period
between cabotage operations using the same vehicle in the same country.
Tachographs for light goods vehicles
From December 2024, operators will need to replace analogue and digital
tachographs with second-generation smart tachographs, which incorporate a
digital short-range communication system for use by authorities at the roadside.
From September 2025, first-generation (GPS-enabled) smart tachographs will also
need to be replaced by second-generation smart tachographs.
From July 2026, EU tachograph rules will apply to light goods vehicles (vans
between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight) operating internationally. These
vehicles will need to be fitted with a tachograph to record the driver’s working
time and rest periods. Companies operating this class of vehicle will also need to
acquire an EU Community Licence and be able to demonstrate financial standing
(of €1,800 for the first vehicle and €900 for each additional vehicle) to carry out
The EU Mobility Package aims to establish common rules across EU member
states on improving the working conditions of Europe’s three million truck drivers.
The measures also enforce safe truck parking areas and rest stops that feature
basic amenities such as showers, toilets and food by 2022. It is hoped these will go
some way to addressing Europe’s heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver shortage, which
according to the International Road Transport Union (IRU) stands at around 36%,
rising to much as 62% in Romania.
Some of the measures have proved controversial, particularly with Eastern
European countries who fear the new laws will make their transport companies
less competitive than their pricier western counterparts. The requirement for
vehicles to return to home on a monthly basis has also drawn criticism from an
environmental perspective for increasing congestion and pollution, which makes it
harder for the EU to meet its Green Deal objectives of net-zero emissions by 2050.
For more information about the new rules, visit