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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" pdf - 79 KB [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 pdf - 2 MB [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 European Commission)

Related documents

High Level Group on the EU road haulage market

June 2012: Report of the High Level Group on the internal market for road haulage pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

June 2012: Summary of recommendations pdf - 489 KB [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 European Commission

Results of the public consultation on a review of the internal market in road freight transport (29/07/2011 - 31/10/2011)

Legislation

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the State of the Union Road Transport Market [COM(2014)222] pdf - 233 KB [233 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr)

Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 on common rules for access to the international road haulage market

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

Other references

14/04/2014: "Improve road haulage rules for industry, drivers and the environment", says Commission

The cabotage regime in Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009: questions and answers pdf - 14 KB [14 KB]

Statistics and latest data on market developments

Number of hauliers possessing Community licence and number of certified copies corresponding to the vehicles in circulation pdf - 13 KB [13 KB]