Carriage of goods by road – enforcement of the regulations

general assembly on February 18, 2015

Infringements of the regulations with regard to the carriage of goods by road lead to unfair competition, fraud and unsafe road traffic. The Court of Audit examined whether the federal government enforces these regulations efficiently or not. The tasks of the various audit services involved in the enforcement are coordinated through action plans. However, the enforcement itself could be organized and implemented in a more efficient way: the regulation is sometimes difficult to check, the enforcement is unilaterally focused on controlling and sanctioning, important information is missing on the characteristics and the scale of the infringements as well as on the audit results, the controls could bet better organized, among others by using more risk analyses and IT-support. Furthermore, the Court of Audit also questions the effectiveness of regularizations and administrative penalties to combat systematic fraud.