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Council backs intelligent systems deployment, EU states must now step up
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Council backs intelligent systems deployment, EU states must now step up

25 Oct 2023 · Innovation

IRU welcomes the Council’s formal adoption of the revised Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Directive, which ends the legislative cycle following the previous formal endorsement of the negotiated deal by the European Parliament. Member States must now adhere to the commitments outlined in the legislation and prioritise mobility data sharing and availability. 

The Council has adopted the version of the ITS Directive negotiated by the Council Presidency and the European Parliament. The decision follows the endorsement of the European Parliament’s plenary earlier this month.

IRU now calls on EU policymakers to urgently establish and improve National Access Points (NAPs) containing mobility and traffic data.

The revision of the ITS Directive was announced as part of the European Commission’s “Green and Efficient Mobility Package” in December 2021. 

IRU Director of EU Advocacy Raluca Marian said, “It is certainly encouraging to see that Member States have committed to making existing data available on National Access Points without delay. But it remains to be seen whether they will actually prioritise this key digitalisation step.”

“Transport operators and drivers are being penalised by the lack of data on roadworks, access restrictions and the availability of safe and secure parking areas,” she added.

Following the formal agreement by both EU legislators, the new law will be published in the Official Journal of the EU, before entering into force 20 days later. Member States will then have two years to comply with the Directive.

“The European Commission’s ambition to create a common European mobility data space will require complete, easy-to-use and up-to-date National Access Points which transport companies can rely on. Without reliable National Access Points, we can’t have a European mobility data space,” concluded Raluca Marian.

IRU will continue to support policymakers and authorities in implementing the new ITS Directive.