In the past two years, the KNV has informed the Ministry and ILT of which principles and conditions are important for the creation of a new BCT variant. In a general sense, KNV is in favor of a new BCT variant. At the beginning of this year, a new project leader was appointed at ILT to implement the new BCT variant. In recent years, ILT has looked at various scenarios.
The reason for the assignment was twofold. Firstly, it now takes a lot of manual work for the ILT to extract and process data on working and rest times from the BCTs. For various reasons, reading, uploading and processing of the BCT files often goes wrong. In addition, the State Secretary wants to get rid of the BCT cards that are necessary to guarantee the reliability of the data. These cards come with security certificates that have a limited validity. The periodic large-scale exchange of those cards is very expensive.
The intention is that the agreements, working methods, regulations and (ICT) facilities will be completely ready by 2024. There will then still be a transition period for which the State Secretary's sector has been given until 2028 to switch from the current BCT to suitable alternatives.
The project team has indicated that it will develop a kind of prototype for the new BCT software, test it and make the instructions and technical data (including the source code) public. ILT is also willing to involve a number of carriers in the testing, on the condition that the information provision is the same for everyone, so that carriers participating in the testing do not benefit from it.
A certain standardization for a new BCT variant is necessary, but not everything has to be prescribed in detail. A carrier must be able to choose how the working and rest times are delivered. However, the data must be supplied to ILT online and in near real time. Reliability of the data to be supplied is important, but should not increase costs as much as is currently the case and should not lead to additional administrative burdens.
The market for suppliers that make it possible to supply data to ILT must be open and must therefore not be limited to a maximum number of parties. It is important to set requirements for suppliers, what they develop and a certain certification thereof. Since the introduction of the current BCT, there has been little or no check on compliance with working and rest times. In addition to desk enforcement, there will always have to be enforcement on the street in the consumer market. In addition, ILT must also share data with other enforcement parties and close cooperation with Social Fund Mobility This is important, as they also have a role in monitoring compliance with working and rest times and use data from the current BCT in the CLA checks.