Laws and Standards


The ITS-Law in Austria

In December 2008 the European Commission (EC) published an “Action Plan for the Deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in Europe” (ITS Action Plan). The aim of the Action Plan was to foster, accelerate and coordinate the deployment of ITS in road transport, including interfaces with other transport modes. In order to establish a framework for coordinated and effective deployment and use of ITS in Europe the EC adopted an ITS Directive in June 2010. This Directive was transposed into national legislation when Austria passed the national ‘IVS-Gesetz’ (ITS-law), which went into force in March 2013.

Priority Actions and Delegated Acts under Directive 2010/40/EU:

The ITS Directive established six ‚Priority Actions‘ for the deployment of specifications and sets binding implementation rules where needed.

The ITS Directive entitles the EC to define specifications in form of delegated acts for the Priority Actions (A-F).

B - Provision of EU-wide real-time traffic information services
C - Data and procedures for the provision, where possible, of road safety-related minimum universal traffic information free of charge to users
E - Provision of information services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles

Data Standard and Data Compatibility

Based on the delegated acts and the aim of reaching a high data compatibility the DATEX II standard has to be used for all datasets provided, or at least a standard that is compatible with DATEX II has to be used.

Coordinated Minimum Data Set

In order to guarantee simple, automatable and harmonised data exchange between all national access points of the Member States, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria are developing a „Coordinated Minimum Data Set“. It is a description of possible data content and data definition. The EC is highly welcoming and supporting this metadata catalogue, which shall be used for all national access point.