Intelligent Transport System 

An efficient transport system is a prerequisite for the European Union's competitiveness. The role of transport will continue to grow with the growth of international trade, the extension of the Union to include Central and Eastern European countries and the increased cooperation with Mediterranean countries.

In a world of rising oil prices, growing congestions and looming climate change, the transport systems need a radical overhaul in order to maintain their role of growth engine. Oil scarity will soon or late limits freedom of movement. There is a need to increase transport efficiency which can only pass through interoperability, intermodality and energy efficiency. This is reflected in the EU Transport White Paper (2011).

Increasing the share of intermodal transport is difficult to achieve. Nor has it been possible to achieve the decoupling of transport movements from the economic development. Co-modality is "the efficient use of different modes on their own and in combination, which will result in an optimal and sustainable utilization of resources". Mobility is important to support economic development and the creation of new jobs. The development of intermodal freight transport remains part of integrated logistics policies to be supported by public efforts to promote interoperability through standardization and other initiatives.

News and events

Call for tender

Technical bodies and activities

The technology aiming to address intelligent transport systems and intermodal and interoperable transport covers activities falling strictly outside the scope of the transport sector. Aspects such as RFID, logisitics, transport systems, influence the work. There are two Technical Committees which are specialized in this area:
  • CEN/TC 119 - ‘Swap bodies for combined goods transport’
  • CEN/TC 278 - ‘Intelligent transport systems'

Sector Forum

A Sector Forum is a platform aiming at facilitating the exchange of information between the different stakeholders, coordinating and identifying the standardization needs in a specific field of CEN work.
There is currently an ITS forum (Secretariat supported by ETSI); also other thematic activities such as ‘Smart cities’ are impacting those activities.

European legislation and mandates

EU Directives
  • EFC directive 2004/52/EC on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems in the Community;
  • ITS directive 2010/40/EU on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport;
  • Directive 96/53/EC for certain road vehicles circulating within the Community - maximum authorized dimensions in national and international traffic and the maximum authorized weights in international traffic.
  • M/338 on Electronic Fee Collection in support of Interoperability of electronic road toll systems in the Community. There are currently 22 standards under development and 19 standards have been published in response to this mandat;
  • M/453 on Co-operative systems for Intelligent Transport in the field of information and communication technologies to support interoperability of cooperative systems for intelligent transport in the European Community.

Useful links and documents

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