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The provision of information and reservation services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles under the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU

Consultation period: 15/03/2012 - 8/06/2012

Online questionnaire

Objective of the consultation 

The objective of this public consultation is to collect the opinions of stakeholders and EU citizens on the provision, where possible, of information and reservation services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles. More precisely this questionnaire addresses issues related to the type of information to be collected and distributed for safe and secure parking, the geographical coverage of the distribution of parking spaces available, the possible channels of communication, the expected impacts, the challenges associated with providing such a service…

The aim of the European Commission is to support the coordinated and coherent deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) within the UE and to set out the general conditions necessary for that purpose.

The present consultation will provide inputs for the development of specifications on information and reservation services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles,and the impact assessment that will be carried prior to the adoption of the aforementioned specifications.

The outcome of this consultation will be discussed during a workshop to be organised in Brussels later this year. If you are interested into participating at this stakeholder event please express your interest by sending an email to MOVE-ITS@ec.europa.eu specifying the object of your message as "parking information workshop".

Target Groups

Such specifications dealing with information and reservation services for trucks and commercial vehicles could potentially affect parties involved in freight transport on major corridors and highways. Therefore it is important to gather the views of as many stakeholders as possible, them being stakeholders such as truck drivers, freight operators, telecommunication companies, public and private road authorities or EU citizens.

Background

Directive 2010/40/EU ("ITS Directive")  of 7 July 2010 on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport includes six priority actions for which binding specifications shall be elaborated (Art.6). These binding specifications should ensure compatible and interoperable services for all road users based on existing standards and technologies. In the medium term they will contribute to harmonise and Europe-wide free minimum services. Two of these priority actions deal with "the provision of information and reservation services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles" (Art. 3, items e & f).

Specific measures addressing driver fatigue, and contributing to improve road safety, have been taken at EU level in the last decade (such as rules on driving times and the related deployment of digital tachographs). Accidents unfortunately still take place, some of which that can be attributed to a structural shortage of available parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles. As a consequence, European roads witness offsite parking, uncontrolled and dangerous truck parking habits. It is recognised that the afforementioned accidents could be avoided if truck and commercial vehicles drivers were duly and accurately informed on the availability and operational conditions of existing parking facilities along their routes. As a result of an EU project, TRANSPark © and TRUCKinform © are providing information on truck parkings.

The security of road freight is also a serious concern for road transport operators. It is estimated that in Europe about €8 billion of goods are stolen from trucks yearly. Duly informing truck drivers of the availability of secure parking places would allow drivers to plan journeys in such a way that they can respect social legislation without jeopardising their own safety and the security of their cargo. However today, such information on safe and secure parking is rarely made available to truck drivers. When information is exceptionally available to truck drivers, its content, format and quality can differ from one parking area to another, which can hinder its understandability.

Today, very few parking management systems know, at any given time, how many of their parking spaces are occupied by trucks or commercial vehicles. In addition, for those (extremely few) facilities that have put in place mechanisms monitoring real-time occupancy of parking spaces, such information is rarely made accessible to other parties that could further disseminate the information to truck drivers (e.g. private or public traffic information service providers), or even to truck and commercial drivers themselves. This could be facilitated if one or a number of information formats would be agreed upon and disseminated through existing communication channels directed to the end users.

Glossary

  • Onsite parking: use of any relevant safe and secure parking place to park a truck on Corridors and Highways only.
  • Offsite parking: is considered when Trucks or commercial vehicles park outside safe and secure parking on highways or corridors, leading to potential road safety risks and to security problems (potential thefts and attacks).
  • Safe and secure parking includes: the minimum reasonable requirement for physical security to high security standards.
  • Vehicles concerned by this survey: HGV Heavy good vehicles and commercial vehicles.
  • Road networks concerned: Motorways, corridors (TEN-T Core network corridors), Trans-European Road Network.
  • Truck parking areas (TPA): parking areas for trucks and commercial vehicles.

Important notice

The idle session time-out is 90 minutes. In case of a time-out, your replies will be lost. You are advised to prepare your answers beforehand.

Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representing the view of the Commission. It does not prejudge, or constitute the announcement of any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

Rules on personal data protection apply .

Caveat

Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representing the view of the Commission. It does not prejudge, or constitute the announcement of any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

Related documents

Consultation documents

Online questionnaire

Hard copy pdf - 85 KB [85 KB]

Transparency Register

Personal Data Protection

Background documents

Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport