EU Directive 2010/40

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The use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and the networking of all modes of transport should make road transport fit for the future in terms of safety, efficiency and the environment. 

The European Parliament's Directive 2010/40/EU covers four priority areas:

  1. the optimal use of roads, traffic and travel data
  2. continuity of ITS services in the areas of transport and freight management
  3. ITS applications for road safety and
  4. the link between vehicle and transport infrastructure

The EU directive gives rise to a number of delegated regulations.

Delegated EU regulations have direct impact on the EU Member States. Here is an overview with links to the delegated regulations based on Directive 2010/40/EU.

National Access Point

In order to move towards a Common European Transport Area all transports elements need to be interlinked. The prerequisites for a common digital architecture are open and common standards and interfaces, as well as an efficient and secure data ecosystem. Within the regulation 1926/2017 the commission requests each member state to setup a National Access Point for sharing traffic data. The National Access Points can be a database, data warehouse, data marketplace, repository, register or web portal. 

Here you can find a list of the National Access Points across Europe and its status. 

The following data must be made available at the National Access Points:

885 2013 ENThis Regulation contains the following information: Name, address, coordinates of the truck parking, total number of parking spaces, security and service facilities, contact details of the operator.

886 2013 ENAny European institution or company that has security-related data is obliged to share that data. This would include, for example, data for warnings regarding unsecured accident sites, false drivers, animals/people/obstacles on the roadway, limited visibility or unsignposted road blockages.

926 2015 EN

Static street and traffic data

E.g. number of lanes, road geometry, traffic signs including speed limits, traffic plans.

Dynamic road status data

For example, road, paint strip and bridge closures, overtaking bans, construction sites, accidents and disturbances, temporary traffic management measures

1926 2017 EN

Static travel and traffic data are required as they are essential for informing and planning a trip, such as location search, route plans and route calculation.

Since the integration of dynamic travel and traffic data can involve additional effort, member states can first decide whether to make it available through the National Access Point or not. However, they are requested to make this data available according to the following schedule at the NAP:

  • latest until 01.12.2019: Data according to Annex 2.1, e.g.: Disruption of all modes of transport, status information in real time (e.g. failures, delays), status information for access grades (e.g. dynamic information at the departure point)
  • latest until 01.12.2020: Data according to Annex 2.2, e.g.: Current road driving times, availability of public charging points for electric vehicles, available parking spaces and car / bike sharing availability
  • latest until 01.12.2021: Data in accordance with Annex 2.3: Expected future road journey times



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