The EC validates the proposal for a new directive aimed at increasing the use of combined transport to enhance sustainability.
On November 7, 2023, the European Commission adopted a new proposal aimed at making freight transport more sustainable by improving the competitiveness of intermodal transport. The proposal updates the existing Combined Transport Directive and completes the "greening freight transport" package, most of which was adopted in July 2023. This package of measures will help the freight transport sector to play its part in achieving the objectives of the Green Pact for Europe.
According to Brussels, the proposed revision refocuses support on operations that reduce negative externalities by at least 40% compared to road-only transport operations between the same departure and arrival points.
The digital platforms set up under the eFTI regulation will provide a calculation tool enabling transport organizers to demonstrate that their operations are eligible for aid.
Waiver of driving prohibitions
Alongside existing regulatory measures, the proposal introduces a derogation from temporary driving bans, such as weekend bans, for combined transport.
The aim is to improve capacity utilization at terminals and other infrastructures, by enabling trucks making short trips to collect goods to reach terminals as and when required, depending on the departure times of trains, barges or ships.
10% de baisse des coûts
The proposal sets a competitiveness target of reducing the average door-to-door cost of combined transport operations by at least 10%, which Member States should achieve within 7 years by putting in place the policies required to achieve it.
A new EU portal for information on intermodal transport will provide links to the national action frameworks of all member states, as well as practical information on measures in place, enhancing the transparency of national measures.
Terminal operators will also be required to provide, via their websites, minimum information on the services and facilities offered by their transshipment terminals in the EU. The proposal will now be examined by the European Parliament and the Council under the ordinary legislative procedure.