Members' Research Service By / January 24, 2018

Goods vehicles hired without drivers [EU Legislation in Progress]

EU rules on the use of goods vehicles hired without drivers have been in operation for over 25 years without change and need to be reviewed to correspond to current and future needs in the transport sector.

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Written by Marketa Pape (4th edition, updated on 01.04.2022),

The current EU rules provide to haulage companies the possibility to use hired vehicles, but also allow Member States to restrict this.

As part of the 2017 road transport mobility package, the European Commission proposed to soften the existing restrictions and establish a uniform regulatory framework, which would give transport operators across the EU equal access to the market for hired goods vehicles.

As co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council have agreed new rules in October 2021. Member States will not be allowed to restrict, on their territories, the use of a vehicle hired by a haulage company established in another Member State. However, they will still be able to restrict, to a certain degree, the use of vehicles that their own companies hire in another Member State.

EU Member States will have 14 months to adapt their legislation before the rules enter into force.

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Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2017) 282 of 31.5.2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0113(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar (EPP, Portugal)
Shadow rapporteurs: Andris Ameriks (S&D, Latvia)
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (Renew, Spain)
Ciarán Cuffe (Greens/EFA, Ireland)
Roman Haider (I&D, Austria)
Kosma Złotowski (ECR, Poland)
João Pimenta Lopes (The Left, Portugal)
Next steps expected: Second-reading vote in plenary

Second reading


Share (in %) in EU GDP and in EU turnover in renting and leasing of trucks in 2015
Share (in %) in EU GDP and in EU turnover in renting and leasing of trucks in 2015

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