About the ITS-directive

The ITS Directive (2010/40/EU) is a course of action to harmonize and accelerate the adoption of the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) in the road transport system and in conjunction with other types of traffic.

The increased volume of traffic on the roads in the EU and the citizens' demands for mobility impose a high strain on the infrastructure and an increased energy consumption, leading to environmental issues. To address these problems, the EU has made a decision that a framework for intelligent transport systems and services is to be established and used in a regulated and standardized manner.

By providing both users of the roads and traffic controllers access to innovative services, they should be better informed and be able to use the transport networks in a safer and more organized manner.

Prioritized areas within the ITS

The EU can, with the support of the directive, issue a number of binding regulations for different policy lines of ITS. The European Union is composing common specifications and standards for the following prioritized policy lines:

• Optimal use of road, traffic and travel data

• Continuity of the ITS services for traffic management and handling of freight transport

• ITS enforcement to support traffic safety and transport protection

• Connecting of vehicles to the transport infrastructures Priority measures

In the menu, you will find information about the regulations that the EU has issued on priority actions. A few of them have been valid as of October 1, 2015. On the website for the EU you can read the full directive and the underlying acts.

For more information, see this EU Link.


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