Road transport: the Commission launches an evaluation of Regulations (EU) 1071/2009 and 1072/2009

On 15 June 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation, which will last for 12 weeks, on the Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 concerning the conditions to be complied with to pursue the occupation of road transport operator and on the Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 on common rules for access to the international road haulage market.

Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 lays down the provisions that undertakings must comply with, in order to access the occupation of road transport operator (passenger and freight). Moreover, it sets out certain provisions to regulate and facilitate its enforcement by Member States, including the establishment of the so called European Register of Road Transport Undertakings (ERRU).

Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 lays down the rules to be complied with by undertakings that wish to operate on the international road haulage market and on national markets other than their own (cabotage). It also contains provisions related to the documents to be issued to such undertakings by the Member State of registration (Community License), as well as to drivers from third countries (driver attestation). Finally, it sets down rules regarding the sanctioning of infringements and cooperation between Member States in that context.

The consultation, which will end on 15 September, may be of particular interest for citizens or undertakings using road transport services in their activity, road transport workers and companies engaged in the transport chain, as well as for regional, national or international public authorities and other organizations directly involved in the road transport sector.

The questionnaire is composed of four parts. The first one, mandatory for all respondents, concerns information about themselves. The questions in the second section are of general nature and designed to gather input from a broad audience on the identification of the main problems of the road haulage sector. The third section is of a more specialized nature and intended to gather input from key stakeholders on possible policy measures and their impacts on the sector. Depending on their interests and level of expertise, respondents are free to reply either only to the questions in section two or to the questions in sections two and three. The fourth section, optional for all respondents, is about other issues and further information.

In the context of this evaluation, the Commission will address four aspects: identification of the main problems in the road transport market related to the Regulations, objectives to be pursued by a possible policy intervention, potential policy measures and their impacts and regulatory balance between EU and Member States (subsidiarity and EU value added).