The European Commission has adopted rules for linking national electronic registers of road transport undertakings . This linked-up database is called the "European Registers of Road Transport Undertakings" (ERRU) and should be operational by 1 January 2013. ERRU allows a better exchange of information between Member States, so that the competent authorities can better monitor the compliance of road transport undertakings with the rules in force. Undertakings that do not respect the rules when operating abroad will face the consequences in the Member State where they are based. This creates fairer competition conditions in the road transport market. The set-up of the national registers and their interconnection are required under the legislation on the access to the profession of road transport undertakings (Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 ).
A first decision on the format of the national electronic registers has been adopted in 2009 on minimum requirements for the data to be entered in the national electronic register of road transport undertakings .