“Sakura” cross-border roadside action in Northeastern Hungary

Although the spring weather was not always on their side a strong, enthusiastic team composed of inspectors from 4 Central European countries – Hungary, Poland (WITD), Slovakia (NIP) and Romania (ISCTR) - gathered in the area of Miskolc to conduct a 3 days cooperation focusing mainly on technical defects, ADR rules and tachograph frauds. The event was been opened by Mr. Zoltán Szabó, head of road transport department at the co-host Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen county transport inspectorate in the presence of the county police HQ’s experts who also supported the joint work throughout the week.

On the 1st day the multinational team checked the traffic on the northern outskirts of Miskolc around Felsőzsolca and Szikszó. The first vehicle stopped contained a tachograph manipulation switch, while later in the day numerous trucks were found in breach of the technical compliance in the form of broken brake discs on the steering axle or tyres worn to the extreme .
On the 2nd day, the team moved eastwards and worked at Tiszaújváros. First catch of the day was again a vehicle with technical deficiency on brake discs, where during the close-up examination a magnet was also found. This case made possible a quick demo of the newly acquired tachograph fraud detection system. In the early afternoon even a new sub-variant of a manipulation device had been found. The ADR checks, started in the vicinity of the local oil refinery, found a s cable on a tank trailer that had not been properly shielded.

The last day was dedicated to ADR checks in Kazincbarcika with the kind support of county and local units of the general directorate for disaster management and ,among others, lack of proper documentation, absence of firefighting capability required aboard or proper load securing for instance were uncovered. The other half of the team conducted checks at Tiszaújváros where a further tachograph fraud with magnet was found as well as insufficient cargo securing.

Based on the exchange of views it turns out again that big differences in national penalty systems and red tape in administrative processes, sometimes lack of efficient equipments, sufficient training all hinder the easy dectection of infringements, their prompt, repressive sanctioning. These circumstances do not contribute to raise the already lower than desirable respect towards inspectors, nor to improve on road safety conditions. Until now concrete steps have not been taken at EU and conseuquently national levels to alleviate the obstacles. It is difficult to envision an uniform EU enforcement area despite positive efforts stemming from new regulations or projects like TRACE and CLOSER.

The croos border event in Hungary is to be held in June.

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