Following negotiations with the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union has adopted the proposal for a directive on the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and a corresponding statement of the Council’s reasons.
The text has been sent to the European Parliament for a second reading, which is due to take place in June. If the Parliament accepts the Council’s position, the directive will be considered adopted in this form.
The Council agreed on a two-step approach paving the way for swift introduction of ITS through EU legislation: first, the Commission adopts the necessary specifications for the ITS applications and services concerned; then, within 12 months and, where appropriate, after an impact assessment, the Commission presents a proposal for deployment of those ITS to the European Parliament and the Council, which will jointly decide for or against the proposal.
In any case, member states will have the final say on whether or not to deploy an ITS application or service on their territory. However, if they do so, they must respect the specifications adopted under the directive.
The directive defines priority areas, and priority actions within those areas, in order to foster the deployment of ITS. The Commission will have the task of adopting specifications for the actions planned in the priority areas.
The priority areas and corresponding main actions outlined in the draft directive include:
* optimal use of road, traffic and travel data: EU-wide multimodal travel and real-time traffic information services as well as road safety related minimum universal traffic information services
* continuity of traffic and freight management ITS services: e.g. ensuring information flow; tracking and tracing of freight
* ITS road safety and security applications EU-wide eCall services as well as reservation and information systems services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles
* linking the vehicle with the transport infrastructure: e.g. systems for exchange of data or information between vehicles, infrastructures and between vehicle and infrastructure
Specifications for eCall include:
– the availability of the required in-vehicle ITS data to be exchanged;
– the availability of the necessary equipment in the emergency call response
centres receiving the data emitted from the vehicles;
– the facilitation of the electronic data exchange between the vehicles and the emergency call response centres.