The Transport Committee of the European Parliament takes the outstanding issues after the break of the last European elections

With the new year, the Transport Committee will resume work with the reading of the Directive on maximum authorized weights and dimensions and also meet with the Director General for Mobility and Transport of the EC.

After the Christmas break, the new Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament, arising from the European elections of May 25, will meet again between 19 and 20 January, to resume the schedule of topics more relevant to the transport sector, which remained pending in the previous legislature.

Among them was the announcement of the Council’s position at the first reading on the Directive on maximum authorized weights and dimensions. In this sense, the latest news received from Brussels informed about the delay in the new legislation until 2019 caused by the European Union who wanted changes in the aerodynamic structures of commercial vehicles, following pressure from truck manufacturers.

This new European law is intended to reduce emissions and fuel consumption in freight transport of goods by road and accidents on the roads. However, legislators in the European Union agreed on Wednesday 10 to postpone its implementation, established in initially for 2017, to the start of 2019. Moreover, at least for this date, the new proposed designs for booths will no longer be mandatory, as requested by Parliament.

A vote on cross-border exchange of information on traffic offenses in road safety is also scheduled, following the establishment of a general approach for a new draft European Directive by the Council on Transport, Telecommunications and Energy of the European Union in October 2014.

This new regulation stems from the decision of the Court of Justice of the EU to cancel the previous directive last May, because, as noted in the minutes, it was based on an erroneous legal basis. However, the superseded standard remains in force, as the Court granted one year to the European Union to amend it, so it will remain active until the new development or until May 6, 2015.

The Directive, adopted in 2011, was based on an erroneous legal basis since it was adopted as a target of police cooperation, something that is not directly related, and not on the basis of road safety as “should have been adopted”, the Court ruled.

However, the objective and scope of the Directive remains unchanged. Under it, Member States can access national vehicle registration data of others, to keep track of the people who put road safety in jeopardy.

The priorities of the Latvian presidency

Two meetings are planned, one with João Aguiar, General Director for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission, and Anrijs Matisse, Latvian Minister of Transport. With the latter, the Transport Committee will address the priorities of the Latvian presidency on issues concerning him, after the change that occurred on January 1 between Italy, the outgoing president, and Latvia.

In this sense, rail transport stood out, something that the Latvian government will work with priority, following negotiations and progress made by the Italian presidency over the fourth railway package. In particular, it will focus on the political aspects of the package, with the aim of reaching an agreement in the Council of Europe on the remaining elements.

Other key issues of the presidency of Latvia, will be precisely to drive the adoption of the revised directive on weights and dimensions, and the Directive on cross-border exchange of information on road safety.

Also among the priorities for the coming semester are further progress in establishing a framework for market access to port services and financial transparency of the ports, among others.

Source: Cadena de Suministro.