Mobility and Transport


Review of Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of hired vehicles for the carriage of goods by road

Review of Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of hired vehicles for the carriage of goods by road

Review of Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of hired vehicles for the carriage of goods by road
Consultation period: 

Review of Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of hired vehicles for the carriage of goods by road

Consultation period: 11/08/2016 - 4/11/2016

Online questionnaire

Consultation period

This consultation will last for 12 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 4 November 2016 at the very latest.

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

The consultation can particularly be of interest for citizens or undertakings using road transport services in their activity, road transport workers and companies engaged in the transport chain. It can also be of particular interest for regional, national or international public authorities and other organisations directly involved in the road transport sector.

Structure of the questionnaire

The questionnaire contains the following sections:

  1. Information about the respondent (A1 citizens, A2 companies, organisations etc.)
  2. General section - Private citizens
  3. Description of the context and the problems/needs
  4. Objectives of the initative
  5. Scope of the initative
  6. Final remarks

Section A is obligatory for all respondents.

The questions in section B are of a general nature. They are designed to gather input from a broad audience on possible problems regarding the use of hired vehicles for the carriage of goods.

Section C presents the main outcome of the ex-post evaluation and asks the respondents for their views on them (possible validation).

The questions in section D and E are of a more prospective nature. They are primarily intended to gather input from key stakeholders on possible policy measures and their impacts on the sector.

Depending on their interests and level of expertise, individual citizens responding to the questionnaire are free to reply either only to the questions in section B or also to the questions in the other sections.

Using the questionnaire

Contributions may be submitted in any EU language.

You can skip questions that you do not feel comfortable responding to. However, replies to questions marked with an asterisk are compulsory. You can also pause at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you will be able to download a copy of your completed questionnaire.

Context and objective of the consultation

Directive 2006/1/EC is a codification of Directive 84/647/EEC as amended by Directive 90/398/EEC . The current rules are hence more than 25 years old and reflect the needs at the time they were adopted. Directive 2006/1/EC provides for a minimum level of liberalisation as regards the use of hired vehicles without drivers for the carriage of goods by road but still gives the Member States some room to restrict the use of these vehicles.

The Directive aims at optimising the allocation of resources by limiting the wasteful use of factors of production (e.g. tying up capital that could be used more productively), at increasing the flexibility in organising freight transport operations and hence the productivity of the undertakings concerned. .

An ex-post evaluation study has been carried out which found that some restrictions possible under the current Directive go against core policy objectives such as deepening the internal market or decarbonising transport. Where the use of hired vehicles is restricted, undertakings usually own vehicles which they do not use very often (underused capital) and which are older than the average fleet. The Commission is considering reviewing the Directive to allow the use of hired vehicles to carry goods (and passengers, if appropriate) in the EU.

This public consultation is aiming at:

  • providing stakeholders and the general public an opportunity to express their views on all elements relevant for the functioning of the existing rules on the use of hired goods vehicles as well as to express their positions on the envisaged changes to the regulatory framework.
  • providing relevant input for the validation of the outcome of the ex-post evaluation of the existing Directive and for the preparation of the impact assessment related to a possible legislative initiative addressing the identified shortcomings of the existing legislation.
  • gathering specialised input (data and factual information, expert views) on specific aspects of the legislation (e.g. need for specific restrictions regarding the use of hired vehicles) in particular from stakeholders affected by existing restrictions and from stakeholders who benefit from existing restrictions.

Transparency and confidentiality

Please note that contributions received from this survey, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the European Commission's website, unless the contributor objects to publication of the personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his or her legitimate interests. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.

Explanations about the protection of personal data

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

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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 representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way 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.