COVID certificate mandatory in Italy. Does it also apply to foreign truck drivers?

The Italian authorities want to remove the entire society at all costs, according to the media. Indeed, the new decree introduces severe restrictions for those who have not received the vaccine, are not recovering or have not tested negative for coronavirus.

It is these three elements that allow you to obtain the COVID-19 certificate (described in the Italian media as Green pass). From 15 October, an employee who has not been suspended will be without entitlement to compensation.

There are no exceptions. The obligation, which until now applied to school staff, has been extended to everyone, including representatives of the TSL industry.

Italian truck drivers already expressed their opposition last week. There was information in the local media that a strike was imminent. However, there were no details.

Nothing is certain, there are only rumors that the “South Italian Front” is the most active. The Strait of Messinia (between Sicily and Calabria – editor’s note) is mentioned as an important point. Vehicles could stop not only on roads, but also at warehouses, or drive at walking pace instead of driving at a normal pace. This could jeopardize the supply of goods to major distributors across the country,” notes automoto.it.

However, until the end of the work on this article, there was no confirmation of this information, as well as detailed reports regarding the dates of the protests. We will follow the case.

They are afraid of “unfair competition”

Meanwhile, the Italian transport sector is asking the Ministry of Mims (Ministero delle Infrastrutture e della Mobilità Sostenibili, formerly the Ministry of Transport) to clarify to what extent the covid certificate will also apply to foreign workers.

Conftrasporto called for two situations in particular to be taken into account:

  • when a foreign driver works for an Italian company, on an international order,
  • when the driver works for a foreign company that carries out international transport and cabotage in Italy and in the country of registration, having a COVID certificate is not mandatory.

The organization fears that if it were found that foreign drivers were not required to have a certificate, this would be an expression of unfair competition, as they would be able to carry out transport operations without restrictions to which Italian carriers are subject.

Conftrasporto proposes to slightly relax the restrictions related to the transport sector. As he points out, there is a “high percentage of unvaccinated people” in this sector, meaning that banning the work of truck drivers could lead to protests among hauliers and serious consequences for the entire Italian economy.

A derogation (…) could be introduced by providing for all necessary protective measures, both in terms of distance and the use of personal protective equipment,” suggests Conftrasporto.

He also proposes introducing recommendations that drivers simply remain in the cabs and not interact with other workers, for example during loading or unloading.

Inaccurate regulation

At the moment, however, it is difficult to say to what extent the obligation to have a covid certificate will also apply to drivers in Italy, for example from Poland. According to Polish experts, the regulations are so imprecise that today it cannot be stated clearly that “whether professional drivers carrying out international transport entering Italy for loading / unloading / transit must present an EU certificate” – admits Katarzyna Piechowska-Strumik , director of support for membership of the association Transport Logistyka Polska.

From October 15 this year. the requirement for a green pass will be extended to access to the workplace for anyone pursuing a professional activity in the private sector in Italy. This requirement will extend to all persons who carry out any professional, training or voluntary activity mentioned above, even if it takes place on the basis of contracts concluded by these persons with an external entity. There is no separate scheme for foreign employees, or specifically for drivers. It therefore seems that the obligation to have a green pass will also apply to professional drivers engaged in international transport– writes Katarzyna Piechowska-Strumik in response to Trans.INFO.

He relies on information from the consul in Rome and lawyers from the Italian law firm Franzosi, with which TLP collaborates.

The Polish consul in Rome proposes to contact Italian contractors to find out whether the employees of their foreign partners should have a certificate. According to the new regulations, the responsibility for checking the green pass in the workplace lies with the employers / clients– he adds.

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