Following negotiations with the European Parliament the Council of the European Union on 10 May 2010 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 objective of the draft directive proposed by the European Commission in December 2008 is to accelerate and coordinate deployment of interoperable ITS in road transport including interfaces with other transport modes by creating the necessary conditions and mechanisms through a coherent EU-wide framework.

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
    • priority actions: 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
    • actions: e.g. ensuring information flow; tracking and tracing of freight
  • ITS road safety and security applications
    • priority actions: 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
    • actions: e.g. systems for exchange of data or information between vehicles infrastructures and between vehicle and infrastructure


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Original Publication Date: Mon 26 Jul 2010