Directive (EU) 2022/738 amending Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road

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Series Details L 137, Pages 1-6
Publication Date 16/05/2022
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Dirtective (EU) 2022/738 - formally signed off by the co-legislators on 6 April 2022 - introducing amendments to Directive 2006/1/EC concerning the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road. This is a text with EEA relevance.

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Directive 2006/1/EC provides for a minimum level of market opening for the use of hired goods vehicles in the European Union's single market. However, the Directive also allows EU Member States to restrict the use of hired goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight above six tonnes for own account operations. It also allows restricting the use of a vehicle which has been hired in a Member State different from the one where the undertaking hiring the vehicle is established.

The REFIT assessment carried out on the Directive showed that such restrictions have limited its effectiveness. Moreover, they created a burden on undertakings and a patchwork of rules which has created confusion among operators. The draft law proposed to remove the possibility to restrict the use of hired vehicles for own account operations. The use of a vehicle hired in another Member State would become possible for at least four months to enable undertakings to meet temporary or seasonal demand peaks and/or to replace defective or damaged vehicles.

The proposed Directive was tabled by the European Commission on 31 May 2017 as part of its Europe on the Move legislative package. The European Parliament adopted its negotiating position in January 2019. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 3 June 2021. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this file was reached on 26 October. This was formally adopted by the Council on 20 December, followed by the Parliament in on 5 April 2022. The Act was signed by the co-legislators on 6 April 2022 and published in the Official Journal on 16 May 2022.

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Commentary and Analysis
EPRS: Briefing, October 2017: Use of vehicles hired without drivers for carriage of goods by road - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document/EPRS_BRI(2017)610995
EPRS: Briefing, April 2022: Goods vehicles hired without drivers https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document/EPRS_BRI(2018)614675

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EUR-LEX: COM(2017)282: Proposal to amend Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2017:282:FIN
EUR-:EX: SWD(2017)196: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact assessment http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2017:196:FIN
EUR-LEX: SWD(2017)197: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive summary of the impact assessment http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2017:197:FIN
EUR-LEX: SWD(2017)198: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Ex-post evaluation of Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road: Final report http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2017:198:FIN
EUR-LEX: SWD(2017)199: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Ex-post evaluation of Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road: Executive summary http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2017:199:FIN
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road (2017/0113(COD)) https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2017/0113(COD)
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road https://www.europarl.europa.eu/legislative-train/theme-a-europe-fit-for-the-digital-age/file-jd-vehicles-hired-for-the-carriage-of-goods-by-road
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 03/06/2021: Clearer rules for the use of hired lorries – Council agrees its position https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2021/06/03/clearer-rules-for-the-use-of-hired-lorries-council-agrees-its-position/
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 26/10/2021: Use of hired lorries – presidency agrees clearer and more flexible rules with European Parliament https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2021/10/26/use-of-hired-lorries-presidency-agrees-clearer-and-more-flexible-rules-with-european-parliament/
European Parliament: Press Release, 26/10/2021: Hiring vehicles without drivers: provisional deal on new rules https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20211019IPR15234/
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 20/12/2021: Council signs off clearer and more flexible rules on hired lorries https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2021/12/20/council-signs-off-clearer-and-more-flexible-rules-on-hired-lorries/

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