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Legislation

Title: Interbus Agreement: the international occasional carriage of passengers by coach and bus
Sectors of Transport: External relations, Transport, Transport, Sectoral agreements, Road transport, Agreements — Transport
Weblinks: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/AUTO/?uri=CELEX:32002D0917 , https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/AUTO/?uri=CELEX:22002A1126(01) , https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/AUTO/?uri=CELEX:02002A1126(01)-20021126
Interbus Agreement: the international occasional carriage of passengers by coach and bus

Interbus Agreement: the international occasional carriage of passengers by coach and bus

 

SUMMARY OF:

Agreement on the international occasional carriage of passengers by coach and bus (Interbus Agreement)

Decision 2002/917/EC — conclusion of the Interbus Agreement on the international occasional carriage of passengers by coach and bus

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE AGREEMENT AND OF THE DECISION?

The agreement aims to achieve a corresponding degree of liberalisation to that attained under the Agreement on the international carriage of passengers by road by means of occasional coach and bus services (ASOR), signed in Dublin in May 1982.

The decision marks the conclusion of the agreement on behalf of the European Communities (now the EU).

KEY POINTS

The agreement applies to the international carriage of passengers, of any nationality, and to unladen journeys of the buses and coaches concerned with these services on the territories of the EU, and in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine.

The agreement:

  • governs traffic not only between the EU and the non-EU countries concerned but also between the non-EU countries themselves, thus establishing a degree of fiscal, social and technical harmonisation in addition to market access rules;
  • allows for accession, subsequent to its entry into force, by any member of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport, and by San Marino, Monaco and Andorra;
  • replaces the bilateral agreements on the subject matter concluded between the contracting parties;
  • incorporates most of the liberalisation measures of the ASOR Agreement while adding social, fiscal and technical measures based on the principle of non-discrimination between the various contracting parties.

The principle of non-discrimination on grounds of nationality or the place of establishment of the transport operator, and of the origin or destination of the bus or coach is a basic condition applying to the supply of international transport services.

To simplify inspection procedures, the agreement sets out uniform models for:

  • transport documents, such as the control document for liberalised occasional services, and
  • the authorisation and the application form for non-liberalised services.

Buses and coaches are exempted from:

  • all vehicle taxes and charges levied on the circulation or possession of vehicles;
  • all special taxes or charges levied on transport operations in the territory of the other contracting parties.

However, buses and coaches are not exempted from:

  • payment of taxes and charges on motor fuel;
  • value-added tax on transport services;
  • road tolls and user charges levied on the use of infrastructure.

A Joint Committee is established, responsible for the management and proper application of the agreement. In particular, it is responsible for:

  • drawing up a list of the authorities responsible for certain tasks provided for under the agreement;
  • amending or adapting the control documents and other models of documents established in the annexes to the agreement;
  • amending or adapting the annexes concerning the technical standards applicable to buses and coaches;
  • drawing up a list, on the basis of information provided by the contracting parties, of all customs duties, taxes and charges;
  • amending or adapting the requirements concerning the social provisions in order to incorporate future measures taken within the EU;
  • resolving any dispute over the implementation and interpretation of the agreement;
  • recommending further steps towards the liberalisation of those occasional services still subject to authorisation.

The agreement was concluded for a period of 5 years, dating from its entry into force. The duration is automatically extended for successive periods of 5 years among those contracting parties who do not express their wish not to do so.

FROM WHEN DOES THE AGREEMENT APPLY?

The agreement entered into force on 1 January 2003.

MAIN DOCUMENTS

Agreement on the international occasional carriage of passengers by coach and bus (Interbus Agreement) (OJ L 321, 26.11.2002, pp. 13-43)

Council Decision 2002/917/EC of 3 October 2002 on the conclusion of the Interbus Agreement on the international occasional carriage of passengers by coach and bus (OJ L 321, 26.11.2002, pp. 11-12)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Directive 2014/45/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers and repealing Directive 2009/40/EC (OJ L 127, 29.4.2014, pp. 51-128)

Regulation (EU) No 165/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 February 2014 on tachographs in road transport, repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport and amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport (OJ L 60, 28.2.2014, pp. 1-33)

Council Decision 2010/308/EU of 11 March 2010 concerning the position of the European Union regarding draft Decision 1/2003 and draft Recommendation 1/2003 of the Joint Committee set up under the Interbus Agreement on the international occasional carriage of passengers by coach and bus (OJ L 138, 4.6.2010, pp. 11-23)

Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing common rules concerning the conditions to be complied with to pursue the occupation of road transport operator and repealing Council Directive 96/26/EC (OJ L 300, 14.11.2009, pp. 51-71)

See consolidated version.

Information on the entry into force of the Interbus Agreement on the international occasional carriage of passengers by coach and bus (OJ L 321, 26.11.2002, p. 44)

Council Directive 96/53/EC of 25 July 1996 laying down for certain road vehicles circulating within the Community the maximum authorized dimensions in national and international traffic and the maximum authorized weights in international traffic (OJ L 235, 17.9.1996, pp. 59-75)

See consolidated version.

Council Directive 92/6/EEC of 10 February 1992 on the installation and use of speed limitation devices for certain categories of motor vehicles in the Community (OJ L 57, 2.3.1992, pp. 27-28)

See consolidated version.

Council Regulation (EEC) No 56/83 of 16 December 1982 concerning the implementation of the Agreement on the international carriage of passengers by road by means of occasional coach and bus services (ASOR) (OJ L 10, 13.1.1983, pp. 1-3)

Council Decision 82/505/EEC of 12 July 1982 concluding the Agreement on the International Carriage of Passengers by Road by means of Occasional Coach and Bus Services (ASOR) (OJ L 230, 5.8.1982, p. 38)

Agreement on the International Carriage of Passengers by Road by means of Occasional Coach and Bus Services (ASOR) (OJ L 230, 5.8.1982, pp. 39-56)

last update 25.09.2018

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