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Intelligent transport systems: EU Court confirms rules on common specifications for intelligent information services


The General Court of the EU has ruled that the Commission did not overstep its competences in regulating the roll-out of "intelligent information services", such as real-time warnings about dangerous road conditions ahead and information on safe and secure parking places for lorry drivers. The Czech republic had asked for an annulment of the regulations, arguing that the Commission had gone beyond its mandate in adopting them under the Delegated Acts procedure. The Court recognised the on-going efforts of Member States, including the Czech Republic, towards the deployment of these intelligent services and helped to further clarify the interpretation of the regulations in question.
The Commission wants the information services to be interoperable across Europe and available to as many drivers as possible. The regulations do not make the roll-out of information services mandatory. However, if and when Member Sates, operators and service providers want to put in place such services, they have to comply with the regulations’ requirements.
Estimates suggest that intelligent information services could reduce the number of road fatalities by up to 7%, as well as the number and severity of accidents.
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