Public consultation – Review of the internal market in road freight transport

Consultation period: 29/07/2011 – 31/10/2011

The White Paper on Transport  presented by the Commission on 28 March 2011 called for additional actions to further integrate the internal road freight transport market. The Commission’s objective is to create an economically efficient, environmentally sustainable and socially equitable internal market that ensures fair competition between transport operators, delivers high quality services to shippers, provides quality jobs for transport workers and minimises the road haulage sector’s environmental and climate footprint.

Under Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 the Commission is bound to draw up a report on the state of the European Union’s road transport market by the end of 2013 assessing whether harmonisation of the rules applicable to the road transport market has progressed to such an extent that the further opening of domestic road transport markets, including cabotage, could be envisaged.

As a consequence of the Commission’s reporting obligation, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for transport, set up in June 2011 a High Level Group composed of independent scientific experts to assess the state of the EU road haulage market and make published recommendations about what course of actions should be pursued to further integrate the market.

 

The aim of the present consultation exercise is to collect the views of the stakeholders as part of the High Level Group’s enquiries. The Commission will take into consideration both the recommendations of the High Level Group and the feedback received from stakeholders in this initial consultation exercise when deciding how to proceed with the revision of EU legislation.

The questionnaire addresses issues related to the quality of road transport, new technologies, social issues and enforcement of rules, road user charges, driving restrictions and cabotage as they all form integral and interrelated parts of the internal market for road freight transport.

Stakeholders may reply to this consultation via the Commission’s on-line interactive policy-making tool or by emailing their replies or sending their responses to the addresses indicated below. Responses submitted by any of these means will be taken into consideration but stakeholders are encouraged to fill in the questionnaire on-line as it will facilitate the processing of the replies. Contributions are welcome from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

For more information – European Commission.

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