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P9_TA(2022)0102

<Date>{04/03/2022}4.3.2022</Date>
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<Titre>on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road </Titre>

<DocRef>(13531/2021 – C8‑0172/2017 – 2017/0113(COD))</DocRef>


<Commission>{TRAN}Committee on Transport and Tourism</Commission>

Rapporteur: <Depute>Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar</Depute>

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 SHORT JUSTIFICATION
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road

(13531/2021 – C8‑0172/2017 – 2017/0113(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: second reading)

The European Parliament,

 having regard to the Council position at first reading (13531/1/2021 – C8‑0172/2017),

 having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 6 December 2017[1],

 having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions of 18 February 2018[2],

 having regard to the opinion of the Commission (COM(2022)0014),

 having regard to its position at first reading[3] on the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2017)0282),

 having regard to Article 294(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

 having regard to the provisional agreement approved by the committee responsible under Rule 74(4) of its Rules of Procedure,

 having regard to Rule 67 of its Rules of Procedure,

 having regard to the recommendation for second reading of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A9-0041/2022),

1. Approves the Council position at first reading;

2. Notes that the act is adopted in accordance with the Council position;

3. Instructs its President to sign the act with the President of the Council, in accordance with Article 297(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union;

4. Instructs its Secretary-General to sign the act, once it has been verified that all the procedures have been duly completed, and, in agreement with the Secretary-General of the Council, to arrange for its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union;

5. Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

 


 

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

1. The Need for Updating Current Rules

Current EU rules on the use of goods vehicles hired without drivers have been of application for 30 years without change, and now need to be reviewed to meet current and future needs in the road transport sector. Under the current Directive, the use of goods vehicles hired outside the particular Member State where the undertaking hiring it is established can be restricted. Furthermore, rules differ from one Member State to another, thus creating a patchwork of restrictions and uncertainty. Own account operators in certain Member States cannot use hired goods vehicles and take advantage of the benefits associated with their use. Consequently, the vehicle-hiring markets in Member States with restrictions remain underdeveloped.

2. The Commission Proposal

The Commission proposed amending Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road in 2017, aiming at softening existing restrictions on using hired vehicles in international transport, and establishing a uniform regulatory framework. Such framework would give transport operators across the EU more equal access to the market for hired goods vehicles.

The Commission proposes to remove the restriction against using a vehicle hired in a Member State different from the one where the undertaking hiring the vehicle is established, as well as against using hired goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight over six tons for own account operations (currently in force only in three Member States).

3. Interinstitutional Negotiations

Further to the adoption of the Parliament’s first reading position on 15 January 2019, interinstitutional negotiations (aimed at an early second reading agreement) took place from July to October 2021, under the Slovenian Presidency of the Council. The negotiating teams reached a provisional agreement during the second round of trilogues on 26 October 2021.

The text of the provisional agreement was presented to the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and confirmed on 15 November 2021. On the basis of the Committee’s approval, the Chair of the TRAN Committee, in her letter to the Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER I), indicated that she would recommend the approval of the Council’s position without amendments to the Plenary, provided that it is in conformity with the provisional agreement reached between the two institutions. Following legal-linguistic verification, the Council formally adopted its position in accordance with the provisional agreement on 20 December 2021.

4. Key Elements of the Agreement

The overall agreement that the European Parliament reached with the Council and the Commission intends to clarify the current rules and harmonise the legal framework for the market for hired goods vehicles. In particular, the following was achieved:

 

-  Increased flexibility to transport undertakings to hire and lease goods vehicles, typically in order to meet temporary or seasonal demand peaks, and to replace defective vehicles, making transport operations more efficient and contributing to the smooth functioning of the single market. New rules give companies more options, freedom of entrepreneurship and the chance to allocate resources in the best way possible, leading also to environmental gains and increased road safety.

 

 Gradual opening of the market: as a general rule, Member states will not be allowed to restrict using on their territory a vehicle hired by a haulage company established in another member state, provided that the relevant rules in the member state of establishment are followed.

 

- Introducing safeguards:  as the level of road transport tax varies considerably within the EU, the Member States will be still able to restrict, within certain limits, the use of vehicles hired in another member state by their own companies. These restrictions concern the proportion of hired vehicles registered in another Member State in the fleet of a haulage company, the length of lease periods for a vehicle hired from abroad, and introduce the specific case of own account companies. The minimum guaranteed lease period for an individual vehicle registered in another Member State is set at 2 months. There will be a maximum backstop possibility of 30 days, if required by national vehicle registration rules.

 

- Improved enforcement: competent authorities will have to record the registration numbers of vehicles hired from another member state in their national electronic registers of road transport undertakings. 

 

5. Recommendation

As the Council’s first reading position is in conformity with the provisional agreement reached during the interinstitutional negotiations, the Rapporteur recommends endorsing it without amendments.


 

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road

References

13531/1/2021 – C9-0014/2022 – 2017/0113(COD)

Date of Parliament’s first reading – P number

15.1.2019 T8-0006/2019

Draft act considered at first reading

COM(2017)0282 - C8-0172/2017

Receipt of Council position at first reading announced in plenary

20.1.2022

Committee responsible

 Date announced in plenary

TRAN

20.1.2022

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

 Date appointed

Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar

30.6.2017

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

28.10.2021

25.1.2022

 

 

Date adopted

3.3.2022

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

40

4

4

Members present for the final vote

Magdalena Adamowicz, Andris Ameriks, José Ramón Bauzá Díaz, Erik Bergkvist, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Paolo Borchia, Karolin Braunsberger-Reinhold, Marco Campomenosi, Massimo Casanova, Ciarán Cuffe, Jakop G. Dalunde, Karima Delli, Gheorghe Falcă, Giuseppe Ferrandino, Carlo Fidanza, Mario Furore, Søren Gade, Isabel García Muñoz, Elsi Katainen, Kateřina Konečná, Julie Lechanteux, Bogusław Liberadzki, Peter Lundgren, Benoît Lutgen, Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Tilly Metz, Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar, Caroline Nagtegaal, Jan-Christoph Oetjen, Philippe Olivier, João Pimenta Lopes, Rovana Plumb, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Dominique Riquet, Massimiliano Salini, Vera Tax, Barbara Thaler, István Ujhelyi, Henna Virkkunen, Petar Vitanov, Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi, Lucia Vuolo, Roberts Zīle, Kosma Złotowski

Substitutes present for the final vote

Clare Daly, Maria Grapini, Pär Holmgren

Date tabled

4.3.2022

 


 

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

40

+

ECR

Carlo Fidanza, Peter Lundgren, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Roberts Zīle, Kosma Złotowski

PPE

Magdalena Adamowicz, Karolin Braunsberger-Reinhold, Gheorghe Falcă, Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska, Benoît Lutgen, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar, Massimiliano Salini, Barbara Thaler, Henna Virkkunen, Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi, Lucia Vuolo

Renew

José Ramón Bauzá Díaz, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Søren Gade, Elsi Katainen, Caroline Nagtegaal, Jan-Christoph Oetjen, Dominique Riquet

S&D

Andris Ameriks, Erik Bergkvist, Giuseppe Ferrandino, Isabel García Muñoz, Maria Grapini, Bogusław Liberadzki, Rovana Plumb, Vera Tax, István Ujhelyi, Petar Vitanov

The Left

Kateřina Konečná

Verts/ALE

Ciarán Cuffe, Jakop G. Dalunde, Karima Delli, Pär Holmgren, Tilly Metz

 

4

-

ID

Julie Lechanteux, Philippe Olivier

The Left

Clare Daly, João Pimenta Lopes

 

4

0

ID

Paolo Borchia, Marco Campomenosi, Massimo Casanova

NI

Mario Furore

 

Key to symbols:

+ : in favour

- : against

0 : abstention

 

 

[1]  OJ C 129, 11.4.2018, p. 71.

[2]  OJ C 176, 23.5.2018, p. 57.

[3]  Texts adopted on 15.1.2019, P8_TA(2019)0006.

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