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Internal Market: Icelandic rules governerning checks on the transport of dangerous goods are not yet in line with EEA law

16.9.2015

PR(15)42

EN | IS

The Icelandic legislation and practice concerning checks on the transport of consignments of dangerous goods is not in line with EEA law. This is the conclusion of a reasoned opinion delivered by the EFTA Surveillance Authority today.

EEA law sets out a number of rules governing the checks to be made by national transport authorities to ensure that consignments of dangerous goods (such as flammable, explosive and toxic substances, which are often used in farming and heavy industry) are carried safely by road. These rules set out the procedures which should be followed when conducting roadside checks, as well as details of what the bodies conducting the checks should be looking for.

The current Icelandic regulations do not meet the standards set out by EEA law, and must be amended to ensure that Iceland meets its obligations.

Moreover, the EFTA Surveillance Authority has stressed the importance of ensuring that the required safety checks are carried out on a representative proportion of consignments of dangerous goods. The Icelandic authorities have taken some measures towards improving the present situation, but at present these measures are insufficient to ensure full compliance with EEA requirements.

A reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months.

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187





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