The European Commission asked on November 21 that three countries, Bulgaria included, pass legislation to ensure compliance with the directive on intelligent transport systems.
“The three member states have not fully transposed this directive into national law, although they were required to do so by February 27 2012,” the Commission said in a statement.
The EU defines intelligent transport systems as “advanced applications which without embodying intelligence as such aim to provide innovative services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management and enable various users to be better informed and make safer, more coordinated and ‘smarter’ use of transport networks.”
The lack of timely transposition of the directive could undermine the effectiveness and the timely application of these specifications, the EC said.
The Commission’s request took the form of a reasoned opinion, the second stage of infringement procedures that the EC can launch against member states, meaning that the countries have two months to inform the Commission of the measures they have taken.
Failure to respond could lead to the Commission referring the cases to the European Court of Justice.
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