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hajdasLPJ Issue 158, 23 November 2015

The legislation is being amended due to non-compliance with the EU acquis, i.e. Directive 92/106/EEC, Directive 2006/103/EC and Directive 2013/22/EU, which refers to the encouragement of combined transport of goods, in order to redirect to more environmentally friendly transport, especially rail transport.

Combined transport is considered to be the carriage of goods through road transport during the initial and final section of the journey, while being transported via rail, inland waterways and/or sea during the intermediate sections; intermediate distance travelled must be longer than 100 air km. All carriers from member states have the right to carry out combined transport in Croatia, whether or not it involves border crossings. Combined transport services are exempt from any quotas and licenses in member states.

Vehicles using combined transport must not exceed a gross weight of 44 tonnes. Combined transport does not apply road traffic restrictions that apply to other commercial vehicles (e.g. traffic ban for transport vehicles on weekends).

The legislation commits the Ministry to adopt a combined transport investment programme within 18 months that will ensure that the annual public road usage fee be reduced for combined transport routes; the road usage fee is paid during vehicle registration.

Proposed by: Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure

Note: Public debate is open until 17 December 2015

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