The European Commission has decided to refer the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union for not having established national electronic registers of road transport undertakings and/or for not having connected them with the national electronic registers of the other EU Member States, as required by Article 16(1) and (5) of Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009.
The national registers should have been established and connected with each other on 31 December 2012 at the latest. Since the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Portugal have not yet complied with these obligations, which results in an inefficient functioning of the interconnection of the registers at the Union level, the Commission has decided to refer them to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Transparency is a cornerstone for achieving an internal market in road transport. In this respect, Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 obliges Member States, in its Article 16(1), to create a national electronic register of road transport undertakings which have been authorised by a national competent authority. Article 16(5) requires those national registers to be interconnected with each other.
The interconnection of national registers is necessary in order to facilitate the flow of information between Member States on possible infringements committed by companies carrying out haulage or passenger transport at international level (such as exceeding allowed driving times or tachograph fraud). This contributes to making the Union roads safer.
On the key decisions in the October 2015 infringements package, see MEMO/15/5826.
On the general infringement procedure, see MEMO/12/12.
For more information on infringement procedures.