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The Council adopted three regulations that seek to modernise, replace and merge provisions governing road transport operators and access to the road transport markets, following a second-reading agreement with the European Parliament under the codecision procedure.
Access to the international road haulage market*
The regulation on common rules for access to the international road haulage market seeks to simplify and harmonise further the current rules by consolidating and merging regulations 881/92, 3118/93 and directive 2006/94/EC on access to the road transport market ( and ).
The main objective is to eliminate legal uncertainty for Community hauliers and adapt legislation to market needs.
The issue of cabotage foresees:
The occupation of road transport operator*
The regulation establishing common rules concerning the conditions to be complied with to pursue the occupation of road transport operator ( , ), is aimed at introducing stricter rules on admission to the occupation of road haulage operator or road passenger transport operator and modernising the image of the road transport industry.
It clarifies the existing legal provisions and supplements them so as to strengthen overall consistency and to guarantee effective and uniform application throughout the EU.
More specifically, it includes the following provisions:
The new rules replace directive 96/26 on admission to the occupation of road haulage operator and road passenger transport operator and mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications intended to facilitate for these operators the right to freedom of establishment in national and international transport operations.
Access to the international market for coach and bus services
The regulation on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services is aimed at revising and consolidating the current legislative framework (regulations 684/92 and 12/98) by clarifying the scope, simplifying procedures and establishing a standardised format for the Community licence and certified copies ( and ).
A number of substantial changes are to be made to regulation 684/92 on common rules for the international carriage of passengers by coach and bus 1 and to regulation 12/98 laying down the conditions under which non-resident carriers may operate national road passenger transport services within a member state 2 . In particular, the new rules foresee the introduction of the so-called "12-day rule" which allows coach and bus drivers of occasional bus services to accumulate their compulsory weekly leave and take it only after 12 consecutive working days. The rule would therefore allow coach drivers to take their compulsory weekly rest at the beginning of the 12-days period and at the end of it. This means that tour operators could put two-week itineraries together, not having to bring in relief drivers to operate in many tours and not having to arrange for drivers to take rest days far from home.
In the interests of clarity and simplification, the aforementioned regulations are recasted and incorporated into one single regulation.
O J L 74 , 20.3.1992, p. 1.
OJ L 4, 8.1.1998, p. 10.