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Road Transport Group

The core responsibility of the ITF Group on Road Transport is to manage the Multilateral Quota system. It also deals with the regional aspects of road transport, according to its work programme.

Management of the Multilateral Quota system involves overseeing the distribution of licenses by member countries and monitoring compliance with Quota rules. 

A new edition of the Multilateral Quota User Guide (bilingual English/French) entered into force on 1 January 2014, following the introduction of the  EURO VI vehicle category into the system. A  Russian version of the Guide is also available.

The Guide briefly describes the main aims of the Multilateral Quota System and outlines the rules of its operation. It features the model certificates: Certificate of Compliance with Technical Provisions Concerning Exhaust and Noise Emissions and Safety Requirements for EURO IV safe, EURO V safe, EEV safe or EURO VI safe Motor Vehicle (cf. Annex 4), Certificate of Safety for a Trailer (cf. Annex 5) and Certificate of Roadworthiness Test for Motor Vehicles and Trailers (cf. Annex 6).

The new model Certificate of Compliance with Technical Provisions Concerning Exhaust and Noise Emissions and Safety Requirements for EURO IV safe, EURO V safe, EEV safe or EURO VI safe Motor Vehicle, included in the 2014 Guide (Annex 4),  was approved by the Group on Road Transport on 12 October 2012 and is in force since 1 December 2012.

As mandated by Ministers, the Group is also studying options for the future development of the Multilateral Quota System and its restructuring with a view to adopting a new distribution of the Multilateral Quota of licences to Member Countries from 2018 and onwards. The Group is developing a long-term strategic vision, based on the 2005 agreed guidelines, as well as earlier statements, made by Ministers.

In May 2015, Ministers approved the Quality Charter for Road Haulage under the ECMT Multilateral Quota System developed by the RTG. The Quality Charter establishes qualification standards for companies, managers and drivers and entered into force on 1 January 2016. The aim of the initiative is to promote the highest quality transport in all ECMT countries, including on a social level, as a main pillar of the Multilateral Quota system. The work is supported by both the European Commission and the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

In approving the Charter, transport ministers of the European member countries of ITF in their statement committed “to engage their efforts towards having the provisions of the Charter applied to all international transport operations carried under the ECMT Multilateral Quota as of 1 January 2018.”  Monitoring the implementation of the Quality Charter’s provisions by the member countries will therefore be a main focus of the RTG.



Principal Acts of the ECMT 1953-2003 / L'acquis CEMT describes the main Acts of the Council of Ministers since the creation of the Conference in 1953 up until 1st January 2003. It pares down the Acts of the Council of Ministers to the essential and defines what constitutes the ECMT Acquis fifty years after the Conference's inception. It includes Resolutions, Declarations, Recommendations concerning road freight transport, the ECMT Multilateral Quota, trade facilitation and market integration

Report on European Road Freight Transport Markets and ECMT Multilateral Quota Perspectives (ProgTrans AG, 2009)
Rapport sur les marches européens du transport de marchandises par route et les perspectives d’avenir du contingent multilateral de la CEMT (ProgTrans AG, 2009)

Report on The Construction and Operation of the Road Freight Transport Market in Europe, Professor Maurice Bernadet (2009)

Etat de la construction et du fonctionnement du marché des transports routiers de marchandises en EuropeProfessor Maurice Bernadet (2009)

The Group in co-operation with The International Road Transport Union (IRU) contributed to the development of the online facility TRANSPark. This new facility is based on the former regular joint publication on Truck Parking Areas (last update 2009)

Information on Permissible Weights and Dimensions of Trucks and Coaches in Europe is available online and is being updated regularly

The online publication Road Transport Regulating and Enforcement Bodies was last published in May 2018

“Trends in ECMT Multilateral Quota Development" (in Russian). Presentation by Elene Shatberashvili at the XVI International Road Transport Conference "Road Transport – Problems, Ways to their Solution and Development Prospects", 8-9 September 2015, Odessa, Ukraine

The Group in co-operation with IMTT (Inland Transport Authority) of the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications of Portugal organised the Joint ITF/IMTT Seminar on Innovation in Road Transport: Opportunities for Improving Efficiency, held in Lisbon on 2 October 2009.  Go to Conclusions of the Seminar

The Group also contributed to the preparation of the Seminar on Overcoming Border Crossing Obstacles, organised jointly with the UNECE and the World Bank on 5-6 March 2009 in Paris. Go to Conclusions of the Seminar


Elene Shatberashvili