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About the ITS Directive

The ITS Directive (2010/40/EU) is a framework for introducing ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) into the road transport system and at the interface with other modes of transport.

The increased volume of transport on the roads in the European Union, and the demands of its citizens for mobility, exert a heavy burden on the infrastructure and lead to an increase in energy consumption. This leads in turn to environmental problems. In order to solve these problems, the European Union has decided to adopt a framework to make sure that intelligent transport systems can be introduced and used in a coordinated and uniform manner.

The fact that both road users and traffic controllers gain access to innovative services means that it will be possible for them to be better informed and be able to use the transport network in a more secure and coordinated way.

Prioritised sub-areas within ITS

The European Union can with the support of the Directive issue a number of binding regulations for various sub-areas within ITS. The following sub-areas are prioritised, and for these the European Union draws up common specifications and standards:

  • Optimal use of road, traffic and travel data
  • Continuity in ITS services for traffic control and the management of goods transportation
  • ITS applications as support for traffic safety and transport protection
  • Linking of the vehicle to the transport infrastructure

Prioritised measures

In the menu you will find information on the regulations that have been issued by the European Union concerning prioritised measures. Some of them apply from 1 October 2015. On the European Union's website you can find out more about the Directive and subordinate documents.