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The PETI Committee decided to organise a fact-finding visit to Hauts-de-France (France) from 23 to 25 May 2022 concerning petition 549/2021 by Romanian Asociatia civica Voluntari in Europa on the poor safety conditions in car parks for trucks and commercial vehicles on the European road network. This briefing, written by Policy Department C, describes the general and legal background.

Plenary round-up - April 2022

Oversigt 08-04-2022

The war in Ukraine led the agenda of the April 2022 plenary session in Strasbourg. Members held two important debates: on EU protection for children and young people fleeing the war, and on the conclusions of the European Council meeting of 24 25 March 2022, which covered the latest developments and EU sanctions against Russia and their implementation. Parliament also debated a number of Council and Commission statements on: the outcome of the EU-China summit of 1 April 2022, the ongoing hearings ...

The current EU rules provide to haulage companies the possibility to use hired vehicles, but also allow Member States to restrict this. As part of the 2017 road transport mobility package, the European Commission proposed to soften the existing restrictions and establish a uniform regulatory framework, which would give transport operators across the EU equal access to the market for hired goods vehicles. As co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council have agreed new rules in October 2021 ...

Under the current EU rules, haulage companies can use hired vehicles, but Member States can also restrict this. In 2017, the European Commission proposed to soften these restrictions. During its April plenary session, the European Parliament will consider in second reading the adapted rules agreed with the Council. These would give transport operators more flexibility while maintaining some restrictions.

Inland waterway transport (IWT) is one of the most CO2-efficient transport modes per tonne of goods carried, using only 17 % of the energy needed by often-congested road transport and 50 % of rail transport. The sector already plays an important economic role in transporting both goods and passengers in Europe. However, it has an untapped potential for increasing its capacity, which warrants the renewed attention it has recently attracted, in the light of sustainable development. Despite support ...

This At a glance note summarises the study on Relaunching transport and tourism in the EU after COVID-19: Freight transport

This thematic briefing provides the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) with an overview of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on EU freight transport, as well as policy recommendations to address the challenges emerging from the crisis.

Boosting rail freight transport is an essential pillar of the European Union's long-term policy to make transport more sustainable by cutting greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising the sector. However, rail freight transport has faced numerous barriers in its development, and its growth is held back by its lack of competitiveness with other modes of transport such as road transport. Regulation (EU) 913/2010 was designed to facilitate rail freight transport across the EU rail network, through ...

This study presents the opportunities and challenges for the use and deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure in the EU for heavy-duty vehicles, in particular trucks. The current state of play and future needs are presented in the context of the ambitions of the Green Deal, the proposal for an Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation published mid-July 2021 and the upcoming review of the TEN-T Regulation.

This thematic briefing provides the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) with an overview of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation sector, as well as policy recommendations to address the challenges emerging from the crisis.