National authorities have to carry out regular checks to ensure that undertakings continue to satisfy these four criteria. In order to facilitate the monitoring of the road transport undertakings, Member States have to set up national electronic registers which are as of 2013 interconnected (see ERRU) to facilitate the cooperation and exchange of information at European level.
The purpose of these rules is:
- to achieve greater harmonisation of standards between Member States, particularly as regards levels of financial standing required and the standard of professional competence expected;
- to facilitate the right of establishment in other Member States and the mutual recognition of professional status;
- to improve the overall professional standing and quality of road transport;
- to prevent unscrupulous firms from seeking to gain market share by skimping on safety and working conditions.