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Parliamentary questions
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23 January 2015
E-000960-15
Question for written answer E-000960-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Paul Rübig (PPE) , Dominique Riquet (ALDE) , Jörg Leichtfried (S&D) , Inés Ayala Sender (S&D) , Isabella De Monte (S&D)

 Subject:  Radio spectrum for EU transport policy
 Answer in writing 

The 5.8 GHz frequency band and its applications are of central importance to the implementation of European transport policy. The European Union’s radio spectrum policy(1), in particular Article 8 thereof, underpins the single market and EU policies such as the European Union transport policy. Key transport policy goals are: securing social driving hours (Regulation (EU) No 165/2014 on tachographs), the prevention of overweight lorries (proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on dimensions and weights)) and the application of the user/polluter pays principle (Directive 2004/52/EC on electronic road charging). Electronic road charging yields more than EUR 26 billion in annual revenue and is a successful EU export.

1. Does the Commission agree that these applications must run free of all radio frequency interference?

2. What protection do these applications enjoy?

3. Can the Commission ensure the interference-free use of the 5.8 GHz radio frequency band for applications such as road charging and the enforcement of:

(a) the digital tachograph;
(b) weights and dimensions; and
(c) road charging (applicable to the enforcement of satellite and microwave based charging)?

(1)Decision No 243/2012/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14.3.2012 establishing a multiannual radio spectrum policy programme, (OJ L 81, 21.3.2012, p. 7).

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