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Brussels, 14 May 2009

Admission to the occupation of urban and regional transport operator: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Belgium

The European Commission today sent a reasoned opinion to Belgium regarding the application to urban and regional transport of the Directive on admission to the occupation of road transport operator.

Directive 96/26/EC[1] lays down requirements as regards good repute, financial standing and professional capacity that road transport operators must satisfy to be authorised to run services with a high level of safety.

In 2007, to take account of the division of official federal and regional remits, Belgium adopted a decree that excluded urban and regional transport from the rules transposing the Directive. To date, however, these national rules have not been replaced by equivalent rules at regional level.

Urban and regional transport operators are therefore not subject to the provisions of the Directive, which should apply to all passenger transport operators with vehicles with over nine seats.

If Belgium does not give a satisfactory reply within two months of the reasoned opinion, the Commission may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.

For more information:

[1] Council Directive 96/26/EC of 29 April 1996 on admission to the occupation of road haulage operator and road passenger transport operator.

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