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Community strategy for deployment of road transport telematics in Europe

The European Commission has recently adopted a communication outlining a Community strategy and framework for the deployment of road transport telematics in Europe.

Road transport telematics (RTT) can benefit individuals, transport service providers, fleet managers, road oper...
The European Commission has recently adopted a communication outlining a Community strategy and framework for the deployment of road transport telematics in Europe.

Road transport telematics (RTT) can benefit individuals, transport service providers, fleet managers, road operators, policy-makers and the environment. Their deployment can also create market opportunities for European industry and service providers. The potential of RTT has been recognised by the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee.

The aim of the communication is to provide a framework for action at European Union, national, regional and local levels. It sets out specific initial actions covering the period 1997 to 1999 in five priority areas:

- RDS-TMC (Radio Data System-Traffic Message Channel)-based Traffic Information Services;
- Traffic Data Exchange/Information Management;
. The main action in these two areas is to create a framework for the use of technical standards and operating protocols. This should be done by way of voluntary memoranda of understanding between the actors involved. If this is not achieved by October 1997 the Commission will consider putting forward legislative proposals;

- Electronic Fee Collection: the key action is to devise and implement a strategy to achieve convergence between existing and new systems to ensure an appropriate level of interoperability Europe-wide;
- Human/Machine Interface: a code of practice will be developed to ensure on-board telematic devices do not impair driver performance or cause discomfort;
- System Architecture: the aim is to define a European open system architecture.

Further analysis of other applications will be undertaken to determine whether, and what, specific actions are required, their priorities and any necessary additions. The Commission will bring forward detailed proposals in the period 1997 to 1999, monitor progress on implementation and report annually. It will also go beyond the present actions, adding new proposals to take Europe into the new millennium and beyond.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII

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