As of 4 December 2011 the access to the road haulage market is governed by Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 that replaces Regulation (EEC) 881/92 . The provisions of this Regulation concerning road cabotage are applicable as of 14 May 2010.
This Regulation modernises, simplifies and streamlines rules in the road haulage transport sector in order to improve the efficiency of the EU by harmonising rules on cabotage and minimising the administrative burden to the industry.
Article 17(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 requires the Commission to draw up a report on the state of the EU road haulage market by the end of 2013 in order to assess whether market conditions such as the effectiveness of controls and employment conditions in the profession, road user charges, social and safety legislation have converged to the point where further opening of national road transport markets could be envisaged.
In order to prepare the drafting of this report, the Commission has started its preparatory work on the situation of the EU road haulage market. In particular, it was assisted by a group of "wise men" [79 KB] which started its work in June 2011. This High Level Group of independent experts carried out a series of consultations and hearings with 126 stakeholders organisations. The results of the online consultation carried out by the High Level Group are presented on the webpage of the consultation.
The group of "wise men" concluded that a gradual opening up of cabotage markets could bring significant efficiency gains to the sector, whilst constituting an important step towards the creation of a Single European Transport Area. The High Level Group presented its recommendations [2 MB] to Mr Kallas on 19 June 2012. (Disclaimer: This report commits only the members of the high level group involved in its preparation and does not prejudge the final form of any decision to be taken by the Commission)
The Commission will carefully study the recommendations in this report before issuing its own conclusion in 2013. If appropriate, the report of the Commission could be accompanied by a legislative proposal to further open up the road haulage market to competition.
June 2012: Report of the High Level Group on the internal market for road haulage [2 MB]
June 2012: Summary of recommendations [489 KB]
Disclaimer: This report commits only the members of the high level group involved in its preparation and does not prejudge the final form of any decision to be taken by the Commission
Results of the public consultation on a review of the internal market in road freight transport (29/07/2011 - 31/10/2011)
Council Regulation (EEC) No 881/92 of 26 March 1992 on access to the market in the carriage of goods by road within the Community to or from the territory of a Member State or passing across the territory of one or more Member States