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NEW PROPOSALS aimed at speeding up the transit of goods by road in Europe were drawn up by the EEC Commission just before the August summer break.
Closed border posts, bans on lorries using Continental motorways at weekends and other problems often confront international hauliers.
The Customs service at the EEC Commission publishes an annual guide for the benefit of hauliers — but it quickly becomes outdated.
Now the Commission is proposing a data-based service which can be updated quickly and which would be available on computer screens throughout Europe.
It is intended to provide information about the opening times of borders, which under EEC rules must operate for at least 10 hours daily from Monday to Friday and for six hours on Saturdays.
There would also be information about which posts handle TIR loads, the availability of veterinary services
[and procedures to be followed with dangerous loads.