The European Parliament's Transport Commission has called for a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from the road haulage sector in this decade. It also says that noise and energy consumption levels should be reduced by the same amount from the base 2010 levels. It has called for a 30% reduction in the polluting emissions generated by air and maritime traffic.
As part of this initiative, the various parliamentary groups have requested that the European Commission presents specific objectives and sets a completion date - all as part of its transport strategy for 2050. This is part of the route map which will be designed to create a single European transport area.
The reduction in transportation emissions, which - according to the Transport Commission itself - is an important political objective, cannot become a reality unless a series of obligatory rules are established for all countries and all modes of transport. To this end, it suggests that incentives should be created which would be aimed at encouraging the use of sustainable means of transport.
Additionally, the European Parliament Transport Commission has asked the European Commission to present a proposal by 2013 to regulate the social and labour conditions in the road haulage sector, with the aim of facilitating the creation of a single European transport market.