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Parliamentary questions
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5 June 2019
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001462/2019

1.) The transportation of military assets and equipment, which can also include dangerous goods, falls in certain cases within abnormal load transports, due to their heavy load or oversized dimensions. The Commission proposal for Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) 2021-2027(1) foresees a military mobility envelope which envisages civilian-military dual-use transport infrastructure co-funding. In cases where a need exists, the envelope would in principle allow co-funding of new road transport infrastructure projects or upgrades of existing infrastructure to enable road transport of both civilian and military goods with abnormally heavy loads or oversized dimensions. Nonetheless, CEF cannot fund costs related to infrastructure maintenance.

2-3.)The Commission revised the directive 96/53/EC on weights and dimensions of heavy goods vehicles in 2015 and again in 2018. The issue of special permits for abnormal loads was not brought up during the consultations and the Commission currently has no plans to propose another revision of the directive. In terms of simplification of the rules on permits for abnormal transport, the Commission considers that authorisations for abnormal loads need to take account of local infrastructure and traffic conditions, and it is appropriate that they are controlled by national authorities who are best placed to ensure road safety and infrastructure. Best Practices Guidelines(2) were issued in the past to help simplifying and harmonising on a voluntary basis the circulation of abnormal road transports as well as to foster the use of information technologies.

The Commission proposal for a regulation on electronic freight transport information (eFTI) establishes a harmonised framework for the digitalisation of the documents containing information necessary for proving compliance with both EU and national legislation setting conditions for the transport of goods within the EU(3).

In this respect the digitalisation of permits, which are issued by Member States, would be adressed in the framework of the application of the eFTI Regulation provided they are regulated by national transport legislation that require ‘the provision of information identical, in whole or in part’, to information required by EU transport legislation identified in that regulation(4).

For permits regulated through legislation falling outside the eFTI Regulation scope, digitalisation could be discussed in the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) of the Commission in agreement with the competent national authorities.

(1)2018/0228(COD) https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/38507/st07207-re01-en19.pdf.
(3)2018/0140(COD) https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52018PC0279
(4)Cf. Article 1(2) second subparagraph of the draft eFTI Regulation.

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