Road Freight Transport Vademecum: 2010 Report

Author: European Commission

The Road Freight Transport Vademecum: 2010 Report reviews the sector status in the European Union (EU). The report is organized in five sections: current overall trend, market integration, transport efficiency, actors in road freight transport, and vehicles used.

Its key findings are:

* The road freight transport sector in the EU has not yet fully recovered from the drop in activity in the wake of the economic crisis in 2008/09. In terms of tonne-km, the activity level in 2010 was still 9% below pre-crisis levels of 2007.

* There are considerable differences in the activity levels of individual Member States. Hauliers from many of the Member States that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 could considerably increase their market share during the crisis.

* Road freight transport accounts for 73% of all inland freight transport activities in the EU. After having slightly risen in 2009, the modal share of road is now back to where it was before the crisis. The other inland modes-rail and inland waterways-recovered somewhat more strongly than road, albeit from a deeper hole.* The lifting of special cabotage restrictions on 1 May 2009 which applied for a transition period of up to five years to hauliers from most of the countries that joined the EU in 2004 shows remarkable effects: cabotage activities of hauliers from these countries almost tripled between 2008 and 2010.