The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union for not having established a national electronic register of road transport undertakings and for not having connected it 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.
National registers should have been established and connected with each other on 31 December 2012 at the latest. Since Poland has 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 Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU.
Transparency is a cornerstone for achieving an internal market in road transport. In this regard, Article 16(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 obliges Member States to create a national electronic register of road transport undertakings which have been authorised by the competent authorities to engage in the occupation of road transport operator. Article 16(5) requires those national registers to be interconnected with each other.
The interconnection of national registers is necessary 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's roads safer.
On the key decisions in the November 2015 infringements package, see MEMO/15/6006.
On the general infringement procedure, see MEMO/12/12.
For more general information, see infringement procedure.