On 22 December 2006, the European Commission proposed a Directive concerning the intra-European transport of dangerous goods. The aim of this proposal was not only to simplify the already existing legislation, by bringing together all the existing directives concerning the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail (Directives 94/95, 96/49, 96/35, 2000/18), but also to extend the scope of legislation to the domain of inland navigation, which was not yet included.
The total volume of dangerous goods transported in the European Union is circa 110 billion ton/km per year (58% by road, 25% by rail and 17% by inland waterways). The volume of transport by road and inland waterways increases, whereas it declines by rail transport. Even if the transport of dangerous goods by inland waterway has the smallest percentage, the European Commission highlights the fact that an accident with dangerous goods through inland waterway can have major consequences.
In spring 2008, the European Parliament agreed in second reading with the Transport Council on a common position. On 24 September 2008, the Directive from the Parliament and the Council on the inland transport of dangerous goods was adopted (TDG-001).
Some relevant documents:
TDG-001: Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 September 2008 on the inland transport of dangerous goods (European Parliament and the Council)