LABEL Newsletter Nº 3 : September 2010
This newsletter is for all participants in LABEL and all other interested parties, especially stakeholder groups like Truck Parking Areas, transport companies, insurers, shippers, drivers and National Authorities or their representatives.
LABEL is a € 2,7 million project, partially funded by the European Commission (DG MOVE). The LABEL project aims at establishing and maintaining a broadly accepted certification system for Truck Parking Areas in Europe. The acronym LABEL stands for Creating a Label for (Secured) Truck Parking Areas along the Trans-European Road Network and Defining a Certification Process, including Online Information Facility.
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Welcome to this third LABEL Newsletter — enjoy!
After producing initial recommendations that set the levels with regard to safety, security, comfort & dignity and food & shopping, the next step for LABEL was to start with the practical aspects. LABEL auditors and certifiers have assessed parking areas across the European Union in order to test the approach.
The LABEL project is now in full motion, the standards have been established and the LABEL Advisory Board has been consulted. Therefore, the next stage of the LABEL project can commence – Evaluation!
On July 26th 2010, a Cooperation Agreement was signed between LABEL, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) to stimulate that truck parking areas (TPAs) offer sufficient levels of security and comfort.
A solitary driver on a busy road with a long way to go... Who can he ask about a good parking area for a break or to spend the night? Where can he feel safe and also find amenities of a good quality? The answer is Truck Parking LABEL.
The 16th International Road Federation World Meeting, which was held in Lisbon from the 25th to the 28th of May 2010, attracted about 1,500 participants and was attended by numerous stakeholders, as well as a number of eminent keynote speakers. This key road sector event, “Sharing the Road” was jointly organised by the European Union Road Federation (ERF), the Centro Rodoviário Português (CRP) and the International Road Federation (IRF).
Since 2005, Sanef (Société des Autoroutes du Nord et de l’Est de la France; an Abertis subsidy) has been operating one of the first Secure Truck Parking areas in France along the A1-E15 motorway, 30km north of Paris. Sanef has been an active member of the Advisory Board of LABEL since the beginning of the project. One of Sanef’s objectives that can be achieved through LABEL is to exchange good practices between EU countries in this specific field of activity and to help define the better levels of the security and quality of services areas along the Trans European Network.