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Czech Presidency simplifies rules for road transport

Publication date: 25 March 2009

Czech Presidency simplifies rules for road transport

The market for international road transport in the EU will be governed by new and clearer rules.


That is the impact of the road package that the Czech Presidency negotiated with the European Parliament on Tuesday 24 March on behalf of the Member States. It is another piece of legislation that the Czech Presidency has successfully negotiated.


“The package is the next step in the strengthening of the internal market for road transport. It makes it easier for carriers to do business in the EU by simplifying the rules and cutting administrative burden”, says Deputy Czech Ambassador to the EU Jana Reinišová, who negotiated the compromise with the European Parliament together with her colleagues.

The compromise on the package consisting of three legislative proposals still has to be approved by the EU Member States on Friday 27 March in the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper I) and then by the European Parliament, whose relevant committee will vote on it on 31 March, while the plenary vote will take place in April. The new rules will then gradually enter into force over the next two years.


According to Reinišová, particularly the agreement on cabotage, i.e. the possibility for freight carriers to provide services in other EU Member States than where they are registered, is a significant progress. So far, EU rules for cabotage have been unclear and as a result a number of countries have significantly limited the operation of foreign carriers. According to the new rules each carrier will be able to fulfil up to three orders during seven days abroad after finishing an international transport order. Furthermore, this restriction will be reviewed in the future.


The introduction of new rules for international bus transport is another significant success. While the safety of coach transport will not be compromised, coach drivers will now be able to use more flexible rules for rest periods, And, last but not least, cooperation between national authorities and exchange of information will be improved. They will now be able to share up-to-date information about carriers and their offences, which will be registered in new electronic databases.

Source: Czech Presidency

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