The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in association with ITS Ireland held a workshop on the ITS Directive on the 12th May. The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Directive, 2010/40/EU established a framework in support of the co-ordinated and coherent deployment and use of ITS within the EU. It applies to ITS applications and services in the field of road transport and to their interfaces with other modes. The Directive provides the European Commission with extensive powers to develop and adopt common specifications and standards for specific ITS services, which are then binding on the public and private sector in Ireland and other Member States.
The objective of this workshop was to explain the reporting obligations associated with this ITS Directive and to outline the Department’s survey and information gathering process. It is understood that the European Commission intends to take the reports from Ireland and other countries into account in developing and adopting into EU law, specifications for particular services in Annex 1 of the Directive.
The workshop which was extremely well attended by a range of public and private sector organisations with investments in a number of ITS industries as well organisations with an interest or investments in areas of ITS.
An informative overview of the ITS Directive and the reporting needs of the ITS Directive was given by James Caffrey of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. The presentation can be downloaded in our members area.
Case studies of ITS activities that are subject to the directive were presented by David Laoide-Kemp of the NRA, Maggie O’Donnell and Brian Carrig of Dublin City Council (download presentation in our members area)
An overview on the ITS Directive Questionnaire was presented by William Brazil of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (download in our members area).
The discussions during the workshop concentrated on how the Directive could affect organisations within Ireland and how organisations can ensure that the European Commission is aware of relevant ITS activities taken place here, as well as how organisations can participate in the reporting process. The discussions also highlighted how the Directive can have legal and financial consequences for organisations involved in ITS.