ITS essential for meeting safe, sustainable and seamless mobility goals in Europe, says new FIA Eurocouncil declaration
Belgrade, 9 May 2012
“Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) can make a vital contribution towards providing safe, sustainable and seamless urban transport across Europe. We encourage EU decision-makers to reap the full benefits of ITS when designing tomorrow’s mobility solutions”, said Werner Kraus, FIA Region I President, following the adoption of a declaration by the FIA Eurocouncil (made up of 76 European Motoring and Touring Clubs). They were gathered in Belgrade, Serbia, on Europe Day - 9 May 2012, for the annual FIA Region I International Club Conference.
“Only by fully embracing the potential of ITS can we hope to meet the ambitious transport goals set by the EU to make our mobility safer, cleaner and accessible for all”, said Mr Kraus.
ITS (and the use of computers, electronics, satellites and sensors) play an increasinly prominent role in EU transport policy, in particular in the road safety policy orientations for 2011-20. Following a European Commission Action Plan, an ITS Directive was adopted in 2010 that aims at accelerating coordination and deployment of ITS in road transport.
Noting that actions promoting seamless door-to-door mobility (interoperable and multimodal scheduling, online reservations, smart ticketing, etc) are a key priority of the 2011 European Commission White Paper on Transport, and recognising that EU Member States are aiming to reduce congestion, accidents and pollution, the FIA Eurocouncil declaration calls for:
- The creation of integrated mobility solutions that will provide people with choice, flexibility and seamless connectivity;
- The deployment of intelligent mobility solutions, such as local danger warnings and collision avoidance systems, in the interest of urban safety;
- A focus on educating motorists on the important benefits of sustainable mobility. The declaration notes that FIA Clubs will work to inform motorists on sustainable mobility choices, including the promotion of benchmarking activities on the safety and quality of mobility, users’ acceptance of ITS for urban mobility, ecodriving programmes, and mobility management courses.
Mr Kraus said “ITS which enhance efficiency and minimise congestion should be fostered to improve the overall quality of urban mobility across Europe. In this way we can also facilitate the improved connection of people, infrastructure and services in our cities”. He added, “Decision-makers have a responsibility to focus on intelligent mobility solutions which will be of benefit to all”.
Notes to Editor:
FIA Region I
FIA Region I represents 106 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its Brussels office (in Europe, the FIA represents more than 35 million motoring consumers via 76 member clubs). The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.
FIA Eurocouncil Declaration of Belgrade: promoting intelligent urban mobility solutions
The European motoring and touring clubs, members of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), gathered in Belgrade, Serbia on May 9th 2012, call for coordinated actions to promote intelligent mobility solutions in European cities which support seamless mobility for all, connecting people, infrastructure and services.
- Efficient urban transport is essential for the well-being of citizens, for social inclusion and for economic prosperity;
- Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) solutions have an important role to play in making urban transport more efficient and reducing negative externalities;
- European cities are involved in a process to promote a connected community that combines broadband and wireless communications infrastructure to meet the needs of governments, citizens and businesses;
- Actions promoting seamless door-to-door mobility (interoperable and multimodal scheduling, online reservations, smart ticketing) are a key priority of the European Commission White Paper on Transport.
The FIA Motoring Clubs recognise that:
- European cities are today faced with challenges concerning climate change, energy security, air quality and congestion.
- EU Member States are working towards enhancing the mobility sector while at the same time aiming to reduce congestion, accidents and pollution;
- Measures introduced by several European cities (urban restrictions, low emission zones, road pricing schemes, etc.) have no proven record in improving air quality and/or congestion;
- Efficient and reliable personal mobility is an effective means to increase social inclusion, especially in light of demographic trends indicating a more elderly society in Europe in future years.
- Urban road safety should be improved, especially for vulnerable road users.
Therefore, the Clubs believe:
- The challenge for urban mobility is to create integrated mobility solutions that will provide people with choice, flexibility and seamless connectivity;
- Policies incentivising behavioural change should be promoted, as a forced shift in mobility patterns is not likely to reap the benefits of modal shifts;
- Public acceptance of new technologies and services should be based on ease of use, affordability, liability, and consumer information. Local authorities should play a role in fostering coordination of key technology and service providers, and incentivise the uptake of new technologies in a technology-neutral way;
- Intelligent mobility solutions, such as local danger warnings and collision avoidance systems, should be deployed in the interest of urban safety.
- Efforts should be strengthened to educate motorists on the important benefits of sustainable mobility. FIA Clubs will work actively to inform motorists on sustainable mobility choices, including the promotion of benchmarking activities on the safety and quality of mobility, users’ acceptance of ITS for urban mobility, ecodriving programmes, and mobility management courses.
- ITS solutions seeking to enhance efficiency and minimise congestion should be fostered to improve the overall quality of urban mobility. This includes the promotion of:
- Dynamic traffic management (full utilisation capacity of existing infrastructures,, ecodriving, harmonisation of traffic flows, and management of vehicle speeds according to prevailing conditions);
- Access to travellers’ information (real-time information on roadway conditions, advice on alternative routes);
- Multimodal integration (adequate information in interchanges; integrated ticketing; integrated payment systems);
- Accident management (rapid identification of accidents and quick response time);
- Work zone management (moving traffic more effectively through work zones, particularly at peak hours);
- Seamless urban freight distribution.
Belgrade, 9 May 2012
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