If we look at the “vision 2020” for truck parking areas, digitization will play a crucial role for our business. At EU-level the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 885/2013 of 15 May 2013 with regard to the provision of information services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles is a decisive step forward and provides the the opportunity to create a flourishing European network of truck parkings, enabled by interoperable, high-quality information and reservation services.
The essence of the Delegated Act is as follows:
- Information covers static and dynamic information. ‘Static information’ means information provided by the parking area operator relating to the description of the parking area.‘Dynamic information’ means information indicating, at any given time, the available parking capacity or its current status (free/full/closed).
- Member States will designate areas where traffic and security conditions require the deployment of information services. They shall also define priority zones where dynamic information will be provided.
- Public or private parking operators and service providers shall use DATEX II. Regarding dynamic data the following information are required: availability of parking places including whether a parking is: full, closed or number of free places which are available.
- Service providers collecting information at a specific location shall display: at least the next two safe and secure parking places along a corridor within approximately 100 kilometers and the availability of parking places in a priority zone in at least the next two parking areas within approximately 100 kilometers.
- Any change of situation of the parking area shall be immediately notified by public and private parking operators to the national or international access point and to the national authorities
- For each new priority zone, all public and private operators of parking places shall ensure the reliability of the information. For these purposes they shall carry out periodical controls of the detection equipment, including measuring of the difference between the data displayed and the real availability of parking places. That information shall be assessed in accordance with
- Designated bodies shall randomly inspect the correctness of the declarations of a number of public and private service providers and parking operators, and request a demonstration of compliance with the requirements set out in Articles 4 to 7.
- The quality of the service may also be assessed using user-generated comment.
- Every year, the designated bodies shall report to the relevant national authorities on the declarations submitted, as well as on the results of their random inspections.