France: Installation of the blind spot warning system for heavy vehicles
By 1 January 2021, all heavy vehicles (goods vehicles and passenger vehicles) will be required to affix a signalling device to their vehicle in such a way that it is visible from the sides and rear of the vehicle. This obligation applies to heavy vehicles with a total authorised laden weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes, including vehicles registered in a State other than France.
Penalty: Failure to comply with this obligation will be punished by a 4th class fine, of 750 euro.
On Friday 16 October 2020, the Ministry confirmed that transport activities (freight, passenger and deliveries) will not be affected by the application of specific regulatory restrictions brought into force by current curfew measures.
A relaxation of rules has been applied to checks carried out on vehicles as of the start of the period of the application of the new curfew rules – as of 16 October 2020.
On Saturday 16 October, the decree was published, replacing the previous provisions laid down by the decree of 10 July.
The provisions specific to land transport operations have not been changed (Articles 14 to 22).
The provisions relating to the curfew are set out in Article 51. They confirm that goods and passenger transport activities are not affected by specific restrictions in this respect. Please find the text of the decree on the following link (in French only): https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/jorf/id/JORFTEXT000042430554
Please note that drivers should carry the “justificatif de déplacement professionnel” to ensure that they can continue to carry out their professional activities unhindered.
Travel which involves transfers or transits to or from railway stations or airports relating to long-distance journeys are authorised.
French departmental or regional representatives (Prefects) may take additional measures, within the limits authorised by this decree, depending on the local situation.
Examples of the “justificatif de déplacement professionnel” can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior:
Please note that certificates from employer are sufficient to justify business travel and travel between home and work without the need for an individual certificate.
The “justificatif de déplacement professionnel” (in French only), is needed to justify the work of the driver (when he/she is on duty in a curfew area, and when he/she is going to or returning from their place of work to pick up their vehicle before 06:00 or after 21:00, or to leave their vehicle between 21:00 and 06:00).
Professional drivers are exempt from carrying the "Exemption Certificate" as the “justificatif de déplacement professionnel” is the certificate that is mandatory for professional drivers to carry which allows them to operate during the hours of the curfew.
Information on the obligations of road transport companies established outside France. More details here.
According to the French national collective agreement for road transport and auxiliary activities in the field of transport, the minimum wage of truck drivers over 3.5 tonnes, carrying out international transport operations, increased to 10.39 euros gross / hour, starting from March 2020.
According to the National Collective Convention, the hourly wage varies according to the age as indicated below:
1) when framing = 10.39 euros gross / hour
2) after two years old = 10,5978 gross euros / hour (+ 2%)
3) after 5 years old = 10.8056 euros gross / hour (+ 4%)
4) after 10 years old = 11,0134 gross euros / hour (+ 6%)
5) after 15 years old = 11.2212 euros gross / hour (+ 8%)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation in France
France (March 19, 2020)
As from 17 March, 12:00, and for 15 days, new measures have entered into force to limit activities and public gatherings in order to limit the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A national lockdown has been declared. People are allowed out only for emergencies, to buy food or for work (a written document must justify any movement). Freight transport is exempt from the movement restrictions. However, truck drivers should have the following document with them.
ATTENTION: From 1 January 2020, the minimum wage in France will increase to 10.15 gross euro / hour.
According to the National collective bargaining agreement for road transport and auxiliary transport activities, the minimum wage of a truck driver for a vehicle more than 3.5 tones, performing international transport operations, is 10.21 euro gross/hour – group 7, coefficient 150M.
Also, the hourly wage varies according to seniority, as indicated below:
1) when hired = 10.21 euro gross / hour
2) after two years old = 10.4142 euro gross / hour (+ 2%)
3) after 5 years old = 10.6184 euro gross / hour (+ 4%)
4) after 10 years old = 10.8226 euro gross / hour (+ 6%)
5) after 15 years old = 11,0268 gross euro / hour (+ 8%)
ATTENTION: Starting from 1st of January 2019, the minimum wage in France increased to 10.03 euro / hour
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LOI MACRON?
Loi Macron is known as the law of minimum wage in France.
It was adopted by France in 2015 as the Law no. 2015-990 for economic growth, level playing field for economic opportunity and activity (Loi Macron) and it introduces the minimum wage in France.
Law Macron is available (only in French language) here
Loi Macron is also applicable to foreign road transport companies operating international road transport on the French territory (only transit operations being exempted), according to implementing Decree no. 2016-418 concerning the application of French minimum wage in transports field starting to 01.07.2016.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO RESPECT LOI MACRON?
In order to respect the provisions of Loi Macron, foreign companies operating road transport on French territory should designate a representative in France, produce a certificate of posting for each driver who operates in France and pay the posted driver with the reference minimum wage in France.