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Action Plan and Directive

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) can significantly contribute to a cleaner, safer and more efficient transport system. A new legal framework (Directive 2010/40/EU ) was adopted on 7 July 2010 to accelerate the deployment of these innovative transport technologies across Europe. This Directive is an important instrument for the coordinated implementation of ITS in Europe. It aims to establish interoperable and seamless ITS services while leaving Member States the freedom to decide which systems to invest in.

Under this Directive the European Commission has to adopt within the next seven years specifications (i.e. functional, technical, organisational or services provisions) to address the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of ITS solutions across the EU. The first priorities will be traffic and travel information, the eCall emergency system and intelligent truck parking.

The Commission already took a major step towards the deployment and use of ITS in road transport (and interfaces to the other transport modes) on 16 December 2008 by adopting an Action Plan. The Action Plan suggested a number of targeted measures and included the proposal for this Directive The goal is to create the momentum necessary to speed up market penetration of rather mature ITS applications and services in Europe.

The initiative is supported by five co-operating Directorates-General: DG Mobility and Transport (lead), DG Communications Networks, Content & Technology, DG Research & Innovation, DG Enterprise and Industry and DG Climate Action.

Related documents


ITS Directive

Complete overview of legal procedure (Legal Observatory of the European Parliament)

Proposal for a Directive: Framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other transport modes [COM(2008)887]

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

Delegated Acts under Directive 2010/40/EU

Commission reports

Reports on the implementation of the ITS Directive and Action Plan

National reports

ITS national reports

ITS Action Plan

Communication from the Commission: Action Plan for the Deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in Europe


Summary of the Impact Assessment

Impact Assessment

Council Conclusions on the ITS Action Plan [30 March 2009]

Press room

Vice-President Kallas welcomes Parliament's vote on 112 eCall

Vice-President Kallas welcomes deal on 112 eCall

eCall : automated emergency call for road accidents mandatory in cars from 2015

European Commission speeds up roll-out of information services for motorists

Commission helping to deploy 112 eCall for emergency services

Commission welcomes European Parliament approval of new legal framework for Intelligent Transport Systems [IP/10/891, 06/07/2010]

Intelligent Transport Systems and Services: initiative for accelerated deployment across Europe [IP/08/1979, 16/12/2008]

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Frequently asked questions [MEMO/08/789, 16/12/2008]

Public consultation

Results of the public consultation on the ITS Action Plan [29/02/2008 - 26/03/2008]


Intelligent transport systems in action: Action plan and legal framework for the deployment of intelligent transport systems (ITS) in Europe (published 2011)