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New rules agreed to boost intelligent transport systems for safer and more efficient sustainable transport


A political agreement was reached on 8 June 2023 between the European Parliament and the Council on a proposal made by the Commission in 2021 on the revision of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Directive. Since 2010, the ITS Directive has been the EU's tool to ensure the coordinated deployment of intelligent mobility systems across the EU, based on European specifications and standards.

The revised law will make high-quality and timely data available for services, such as multimodal journey planners and navigation services. A smarter and interoperable transport system will allow the more effective management of traffic and mobility across transport modes, enabling users to better combine the most sustainable modes of transport.

The revision of the ITS Directive extends the scope to cover emerging services, such as multimodal information, booking and ticketing services (for example apps to find and book journeys that combine public transport, shared car or bike services), communication between vehicles and infrastructure and automated mobility.

The new rules also set targets for the digitisation of crucial information, such as on speed limits, roadworks, multimodal access nodes and information road safety. The benefits for transport users include real-time information and digital, intelligent road infrastructure, as well as more accurate intelligent speed assistance systems.

The revised rules also aim to facilitate the deployment of Cooperative ITS, which allows vehicles and road infrastructure to communicate with one another, for example to warn about unexpected events, such as a traffic jams. To ensure safety is guaranteed on the road, the agreement will ensure there is trust between all C-ITS equipped vehicles and C-ITS road infrastructure across the EU.

The agreement is also a milestone on the way to making connected and automated multimodal mobility a reality, as targeted by the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy.

Once the political agreement is formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, the new rules will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and will enter into force 20 days after publication.