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Decree Law No. 57/2021

Publication: Republic Diary No. 134/2021, Series I of 2021-07-13
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 57/2021
  • Pages: 75 - 93

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law amends the legal scheme of the national road goods transport contract.

What is going to change?

Matters concerning waiting times and loading and unloading, among others, were included in a framework agreement, in accordance with the consensual self-regulation model, considering the clarification of the responsibility of the various intervening parties in transport operations, within the scope of the logistics chain.

Based on the analysis of the commission for monitoring implementation of the framework agreement, the results, obtained through forms, questionnaires and monitoring actions, proved to be insufficient for compliance with the objectives of public policy assumed as assumptions of that framework agreement.

In particular, it was verified that excessive waiting times are harmful to the national economy and to business productivity.

In view of the circumstances described, it is considered appropriate to amend the current content of the decree-law on matters related to loading and unloading, waiting times, supervision and the sanctions framework.

What advantages does it bring?

The rules concerning the responsibility for loading and unloading operations are established at a supplementary level, there being room for the parties to agree otherwise.

The rules on safety at work are preserved.

Where the carrier assumes responsibility, he/she must ensure that the workers responsible for the operations in question (other than drivers) receive adequate vocational training.

As regards waiting times, a system of compensation for failure to fulfil the contract is established, based on the scales already tested in the framework agreement in force.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 11 September 2021.

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