Cabotage restrictions

This term refers to the restrictions placed on cargo transport operations carried out within one Member State by transportation vehicles coming from another EU Member State. The European Union is committed to lifting existing cabotage restrictions by 2014, making it easier for truck drivers to carry goods between Member States. The purpose of such measures is to avoid creating situations where trucks are forced to return home from their international transport operations with an empty load, which wastes time and fuel and produces unnecessary emissions. In EU countries it is estimated that ‘empty travel’ may average up to 35% of all truck traffic.