The European Commission's Mobility Package is a collection of new legislative proposals concerning the governance of commercial road transport in the European Union. It represents the biggest change to EU road transport rules, covering many aspects of the industry's activities.
The areas covered are:
- Revision of the Access to Profession & Access to the Market for both passenger and freight transport
- Revision of Directive on the Use of Hired Goods Vehicles
- Infrastructure Charging - Vehicle Taxation – Interoperability of charging systems
- Revision of the Enforcement Directive
- Application of Posting of Workers in road transport
- Revision of driving and rest periods & tachographs
- Proposal for Regulation on monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles
The European commercial road transport sector employs nearly 11 million people directly, about 5% of total EU employment. Road transport accounts for nearly half of all freight transport operations. passenger transport is expected to grow by 42% by 2050 and freight transport by more than 60% in the same period. The passenger and freight road transport sectors are hugely important for the European Union's economy and society.
- The Mobility Package is intended to address a number of problems or support specific developments within the European road transport sectors. The harmonisation and simplifaction of the rules resulting in better, more consistent enforcement across all Member States, supporting social fairness, fair competition, improving the environmental performance of road transport operations, and encouraging innovation are just some of the aims of this new package of legislative proposals.
The package was released in two waves: the first wave in June 2017 and the second in November 2017.
The first set of proposals covers the following areas:
- Access to the road haulage market and access to the profession for passenger & freight transport
- Hired vehicles
- Road charging proposals
- Driving & rest time rules
- Posting of workers
- Vehicle taxation
- CO2 monitoring and reporting
The second wave of proposals covers:
- Access to the bus and coach market
- Clean Vehicles Directive
- Combined Transport Directive
- CO2 standards for cars
- Battery initiative
- Access to the profession and access to the road haulage market
- Hired vehicles without drivers for the carriage of goods by road
- Enforcement requirements in road transport
- CO2 emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles
- Road infrastructure charging
- Driving and rest times
- Posting of workers in passenger transport