12 May EU Report on Road Transport
The Commission found that on any given day, almost a quarter of all trucks on Europe’s roads are empty, either on their way home or between loads. Road transport moves almost three quarters (72%) of goods in inland transport in the EU, with an annual turnover of €300 billion and accounts for some 2% of the EU’s GDP.
Opening national road transport markets to more competition would help reduce empty runs and increase efficiency in the sector.
The main findings of the report are:
- The enforcement authorities of Member States must step up their efforts in enforcing existing legislation more effectively and consistently.
- The Commission and the EU can help by clarifying rules that are understood, interpreted and implemented differently in different Member States.
- Social rules must be better applied in road transport if the sector is to attract new drivers, and be able to handle the expected future demand for freight transport.
- The EU has an opportunity to improve the efficiency of its economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport.