Web links to all National Access Points in Europe can be found here.
National Access Points (NAP) play a crucial role in data exchange in the field of mobility in Europe. A NAP is a web based portal handling data concerning Save and Secure Truck Parking’s (SSTP), Real Time Traffic Information (road) (RTTI), Safety Related Transport Information (road) (SRTI) and Multimodal Travel Information (MMTIS) (all modes like train, busses, metro, cycling etc.). NAPs vary in services like data search, storage and exchange.
National Bodies (NB) are assigned to carry out the assessment of compliance of NAP data and services suppliers.
Objectives working group
The objectives of this NAP activity of the EU EIP project (2016 till 2020) are:
- to monitor the on-going implementation of NAPs,
- to harmonise technical topics on NAP and National Bodies (NB) services across Europe,
- to support the NAP and NB community to learn from each other.
Legal back ground
To speed up the development of EU-wide interoperable travel and traffic services to end users the EC has published several Delegated Regulations supplementing the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU. These legal documents imply action to several stakeholders: Member States shall manage a NAP to the data as mentioned; Member States shall designate an impartial and independent National Body to assess whether the requirements are fulfilled by public and private road operators, service providers, parking operators, map providers, broadcasters dedicated to traffic information, etc.
Annual NAP Reports
Starting in 2016 the EIP published the status of the NAPs across Europe. In addition, in-depth topics are covered, e.g. best practices for Multi Modal Travel Information Services (MMTIS) and system architectures for NAPs in cooperation with Frame-Next. (down load annual NAP reports 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.)
An important harmonisation item is Metadata, describing the datasets in NAPs, in structured and agreed manner. European NAP partners, under the coordination of EU EIP, have developed an update of the “Coordinated Metadata Catalogue”. This work is a blueprint for Metadata structures at each individual NAP in Europe. It defines a common, minimum Metadata set, in particular 32 Metadata elements, including their description, types and obligation levels.
It is considering all data and information domains of the EU Directive and the respective Delegated Regulations. The current update of the “Catalogue” also covers multi-modal travel data and services, according to Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2017/1926.
The “Catalogue” is available here. The accompanying annexes: annex 1 and annex 2 show a metadata description for the delegated regulation on Multimodal Travel Information Services.
Common Features and Level of Service of NAPs
This document describes a set of NAP features, including a checklist, intended to support good practice, help make existing and future NAP services available to a wider audience, facilitate data sharing, and promote the discovery of datasets. The features can be applied to all NAP structures. download.
NAP and National Body Harmonization Group
This community of NAP and NB operators is establishment during a kick-off meeting in Utrecht at the ITS Forum 2018, followed by a NAP/NB workshop on 30 October 2019.
Uniform Declaration of Compliance
Uniform declarations forms serve the purpose of reducing the administrative burden for data providers as well for the National Bodies. These forms were developed in cooperation with TISA (priority action 'B' and 'C') and Esporg (priority action 'E'). All forms are supported with an introduction letter and a list of definitions.
- 1. Safety Related Traffic Information Services – download
- 2. Real Time Traffic Information Services – download
- 3. Safe and Secure Truck Parking Areas - download
All documents like the Commission Delegated Regulations as well as the EIP NAP documents ‘metadata’ and ‘self-declaration forms’ , ‘DATEX EU harmonized Profile for the implementation of SRTI’ and ‘EU EIP SRTI & RTTI data Quality Package are published as well on the website of European Commission DG Move – Mobility and Transport: ‘Technical Guidance for the implementation of EU specifications’ https://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/its/road/action_plan/traffic-information_en
The interactive NAP map of Europe directs you to all NAPs in operation.
Datex II usage in NAPs
Based on the yearly EIP NAP survey the DATEXII platform published a map showing per country the use of DATEX II in their National Access Points for SRTI, RTTI, SSTPA and MMTIS. Link to Datex II usage in NAPs
This activity has a number of members with different levels of involvement.
Leader: The Netherlands (Rijkswaterstaat)
Beneficiaries: France (CEREMA), Germany (BASt), Portugal (IMT), Romania (ITS Romania and National Company for Road Infrastructure Administration), United Kingdom (Transport Scotland & Department for Transport) and Spain (DGT)
Participants: Denmark (Vejdirektoratet), Italy (Autovie Venete), Finland (Vayla, Traficom), Sweden (Trafikverket).
Contributors: Austria (AustriaTech), Ireland (TTI)
Besides the members of the working group this activity enjoys great interest of NAP and National Body operators of nearly all EU Member States and increasingly data suppliers and service suppliers as well.
Current activity and plans
In 2020 this NAP activity will continue on:
- monitoring implementation and developments for publishing two NAP Annual Reports.
- technical harmonisation activities in the field of metadata, level of service and assessment of compliance.
- supporting the NAP/NB operator community
- promoting NAPs towards stakeholders (data and service providers) on international events
National Access Points in news articles
Harmonised Metadata for NAPs - 16 December 2019
Use the NAP to promote your Truck Parking - Esporg InTransit Magazine 2 - 6 December 2019
Successful workshop for NAP operators and National Bodies hosted by EU EIP - 30 October 2019
EU EIP at Digital Transport Days - 8 October 2019
National Access Points – getting closer to MaaS EU-wide - 19 August 2019
EU EIP publishes NAP Annual Report 2018 - 4 March 2019
NAPs as a tool to support the quality of travel - International conference in Warsaw April 2018
National Access Points and Municipalicities - Best Practices from the German NAP MDM - Paper ITS World Congress 2018
National Access Points: Challeges for Success - Paper ITS World Congress 2018
NAP converging at CROCODILE 2 workshop in Budapest - 23 November 2017
Ursa Major 2 Achievement: Swiss Truck Parking data published on EU Access Point - 14 April 2017
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Last update - 28 April 2020