German minimum wage starts and affects UK?

Germany introduced a legally-backed minimum wage of €8.50 per hour from 1 January.

Says the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT): “The new legislation applies to the transport sector including, as far as we can tell, to foreign operators performing transport operations on German territory, including not just cabotage operations but occasional international transport operations to Germany or passing through Germany.”

It adds that the application of the law to visits to Germany and coaches transiting through Germany has still not been confirmed, and the CPT is pursuing clarification on these points through the umbrella transport trade body IRU, and the German trade association RDA.

It has also raised queries directly with the German authorities and the European Commission, as well as the Department for Transport (DfT).

If the law does apply to UK operators, there is a form, in German, for all operators to complete.

The completed forms, showing the details of each driver deployed in Germany, need to be faxed in advance to the German customs office in Cologne.

The CPT is supplying members with details of the forms and guidance.