Briefing: Electronic freight transport information

The movement of goods in the European Union has increased by almost 25 % over the last 20 years, and this growth is projected to continue. A large amount of information accompanies this movement, exchanged mostly in paper format. Yet the digitalisation of information exchange could make the transport of goods much more efficient and reliable, and yield significant savings. As one way to speed up the digitalisation of freight transport, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation on electronic freight transport information on 17 May 2018. The aim of this regulation is to provide for a fully digital and harmonised environment for information exchanges between transport operators and authorities.

Event: The road to decarbonisation – Long-term biofuels policy in a changing EU political landscape (Brussels, 29 May 2019)

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EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Stakeholder Forum to discuss how EU policy can better fulfill its long-term decarbonisation strategy and the role of renewable ethanol in this effort. And it will assess the effect a changing EU political landscape – new Parliament, new Commission – will have on policy.

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9326 SAUDI ARAMCO / TOTAL MARKETING / SAHEL

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Written Answer to a Question: Possibility of scrapping toll charges for zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles under Directive 1999/62/EC

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Official Journal (C Series): Notification by the Netherlands of the application of Article 19(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 concerning traffic distribution rules for Schiphol airport and Lelystad Airport

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Exchange of views with Commissioner Bulc (11 April 2019)

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Proposal amending Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 with a view to adapting them to developments in the sector

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Proposal amending Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 with a view to adapting them to developments in the sector

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (15-18 April 2019)

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9016 — CMA CGM / Container Finance

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Briefing: CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles

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Briefing: Road transport: Driving, breaks, rest times and tachographs

The Driving Time and Tachograph Regulations were adopted to improve drivers’ working conditions and road safety, as well as to enhance compliance with the rules, and competition between road operators. In the context of the European Commission’s 2017 ‘Europe on the move’ package, the current proposal aims to remedy the shortcomings of these regulations, on which a broad consensus has emerged: lack of clarity, non-uniform implementation, insufficient enforcement and a need for strengthened cooperation between Member States and authorities.

Agenda: Working Party on Transport – Intermodal Questions and Networks (11 April 2019)

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Briefing: Access to the occupation of road transport operator and to the international road haulage market

The regulations on admission to the occupation of road transport operator and on access to the international road transport market have been contributing to the functioning of EU road transport and fair competition between resident and non-resident hauliers since December 2011. Despite the improvements they have brought to the sector, however, persistent shortcomings such as diverging national application of the rules and uneven enforcement called for a revision of both acts. On 31 May 2017, as part of a ‘mobility package’, the European Commission adopted a new proposal to address the main shortcomings affecting the sector, and improve its competitiveness and efficiency. In June 2018, Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) adopted its report and a negotiating mandate for trilogue. However, Parliament did not endorse the mandate and in July 2018, rejected the report, referring it back to the committee. On 10 January 2019, the TRAN committee adopted a compromise proposal but failed to reach an agreement on the two linked files on driving times and posting. The coordinators finally decided to recommend to the Conference of Presidents to place this proposal and the two other linked social mobility proposals on the plenary agenda for a new vote.

Press Release: EIC pilot and MAN drive the future for sustainable mobility and smart logistics

18 companies backed by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and working in the fields of electric mobility, connected transportation, and intelligent supply chains explore business opportunities with MAN Truck & Bus on 19 March in Munich.

Proposal on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States

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Agenda: Working Party on Transport – Intermodal Questions and Networks (5 April 2019)

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A ‘cookbook’ for vehicle manufacturers: Getting automated parts to talk to each other

Semi-autonomous cars are expected to hit the roads in Europe next year with truck convoys following a few years later. But before different brands can share the roads, vehicle manufacturers need to agree on standards for automated functions.

Written Answer to Question: Economic damage caused by increasing congestion on the roads

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Proposal for a Decision as regards the time limit for the implementation of the special rules regarding maximum length in case of cabs delivering improved aerodynamic performance, energy efficiency and safety performance

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Press Release: Haulier in Spain caught cheating emission regulations designed to prevent air pollution

A road haulage company based in Madrid is under investigation by the Spanish Guardia Civil (Civil Guard), and four people have been arrested, after roadside checks uncovered high levels of use of cheat devices which disable pollution control system on lorries. 30 diesel vehicles from that company were caught with such cheat devices – called emulators.

Briefing: Combined transport directive review: Getting more goods off EU roads

The European Union’s efforts to reduce the negative impacts of transport include promoting a shift from road freight transport to lower-emission transport modes. This also includes combined transport operations, which consist of at least one road leg for initial or final haulage and one non road leg, on rail or water. The 1992 Combined Transport Directive set out measures that were meant to increase the competitiveness of combined transport against road-only transport. In 2017, the Commission proposed to simplify the existing rules and make combined transport more attractive by means of economic incentives. The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted its report in July 2018, and the Transport Council meeting of 3 December 2018 agreed a general approach. However, as trilogue neogitations have not made progress on reaching a compromise, Parliament has decided to close the file at first reading, with a plenary vote scheduled for March 2019.

UPDATED – Agenda: 3rd Meeting of the Commission Expert Group on Inland Waterway Transport (NAIADES II IMPLEMENTATION GROUP) (18 February 2019)

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