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Road Transport



Transport Policy

Public consultations 
The Greening Transport Package
has been adopted on 8 July 2008





January 2007
Road Transport Policy: Open roads across Europe

Transport Policy

Commission to improve the situation for truck drivers at the Russian border
With a budget of 3.500.000 Euro, the European Commission is going to support the construction of quality and secure parking areas at three border crossing points between the EU and Russia (Vaalimaa/Finland, Narva/Estonia, Terehova/Latvia).

The Greening Transport Package
The package includes both action to improve price signals to consumers and business and action to stimulate the market to offer alternatives

Internalisation of transport external costs
Commission prepares the ground for efficient and fair pricing of transport services and released a handbook with estimates of external costs in the transport sector.



Access to the market
Admission to the occupation
  Road haulage
General rules
Driver attestation
Hired vehicles
  Passenger transport
General rules
Non-EU countries
Land transport
agreement with Switzerland
EEA Agreement
Interbus agreement
Road charging
Infrastructure charging
Vehicle & fuel taxes
Tolls & user charges
for vehicles
(including Eurovignette)
Social provisions
Driving time &
rest periods
[List of Workshops]
Working time
Form of attestation of activities


The aim of the Community’s land transport policy is to promote sustainable mobility that is efficient, safe and with reduced negative effects on the environment.

Road transport services account for 1.6 % of our GDP and give jobs to 4.5 million people in the EU. The whole economy and society depends heavily on efficient road transport, 44 % of the goods are moved by trucks and 85 % of the persons by cars, buses or coaches.

The Community policy objectives for road transport are therefore to promote efficient road freight and passengers transport services, to create fair conditions for competition, to promote and harmonise safer and more environmental friendly technical standards, to ensure a minimum fiscal and social harmonisation and to make sure that the rules in road transport are effectively applied without discrimination.

The existing legislation applying to road transport services establishes common rules on access to the market and to the profession, sets minimal standards for working time, driving and rest periods (including enforcement and the use of tachograph), sets minimal annual vehicle taxes and common rules for tolls and user charges.


last update: 15-12-2008