To come to grips with developments in the transport sector, the Danish police now in the final phase of its reorganization Rigspolitiets Tungvognssektion, which accounts for checking, among other illegal cabotage.
This special unit has been around for many years but the last two years received additional funding from the government, earmarked for kabotasjekontroller.To get closer to the problems there since last summer established two new branches in Vejle and Aalborg, in addition to the head office in Copenhagen.
Our colleagues in the Danish Lastbil magazine has followed the work and says that the group is assisted by local police in the area where the controls take place.
- There has been an increase in speeding fines for kabotasjelovbrudd after controls were intensified, but the percentage is under two percent of the controlled foreign trucks that get fines for illegal cabotage, says editor Rasmus Haardgaard adding that large parts of the Danish transport sector looks on cabotage as a major problem in Denmark, especially trade unions and truck owner organization DTL.
- Others believe on his side that the problem is greatly exaggerated, he says, and points to the Danish Industry Transport (DIT), ITD and Danish shippers.
According Haardgaard the police on several occasions acknowledged this to Danish media that they have uncovered so many cases involving illegal cabotage. They also stated that it is very difficult to obtain firm evidence in such cases.
When have transport crossing the border to Denmark? When it runs, where it has run from and to where and when it is unloaded and loaded? All these factors are very difficult to prove, according to police.
So is illegal cabotage large or small problem in Denmark?
- Well, both sides in the debate can use statistics and arguments to present the case to their advantage.So this is a very difficult area to be wise here in Denmark, says Haardgaard.