24 July 2014
EuroTest has just launched the results of a survey of 18 passenger ferries connecting 36 European and North African cities. The majority of the ferries met all safety requirements.
10 July 2014
The German governments new road tax, a toll to fund road infrastructure, provides compensation to Germans, thereby exempting German nationals from the obligation to pay. If implemented, this means that foreigners will be financing the expansion and maintenance of German roads.
16 June 2014
The iMobility Challenge presented intelligent vehicle systems in Helsinki, as part of the European ITS Congress. The highlight of the day was the participation of Formula One driver, Valtteri Bottas, in an ecodriving competition.
05 June 2014
European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas spoke about the importance of mobility at the FIA Summer Cocktail on 4 June.
04 June 2014
Euro NCAP released the results for four heavy quadricycles tested in a special safety campaign. All models performed very poorly and some have shown serious risks of life threatening injuries. Based on these results, it is clear that stricter safety regulations must be considered for these types of vehicles.
22 May 2014
On 21 May, FIA Region I launched its Policy Briefing on urban mobility, contributing to the European Commissions objective to make urban mobility cleaner, safer and more efficient.
15 May 2014
EU policy makers must prioritise mobility in the upcoming EU elections and beyond, announced the FIA Eurocouncil.
14 May 2014
On 14 May, the iMobility Challenge presented intelligent vehicle systems to policy-makers and the public in Luxembourg.
12 May 2014
ALDE candidate for European Commission President, MEP Guy Verhofstadt, speaks out on finding a solution for mileage fraud.
09 May 2014
To mark Road Safety Day the FIA launched a health check on the Commissions Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2020.
08 May 2014
On 7 May, RACC held a demonstration event in Barcelona to highlight the common scam of mileage fraud and its damaging impact on the used car market.
05 May 2014
ALDE candidate for European Commission President, MEP Guy Verhofstadt, expresses his support for data protection and open telematics for connected cars.
15 April 2014
MEPs vote to approve eCall, but delay its operational launch until 2017.
10 April 2014
On 10 April 2014, the OEAMTC held a press conference raising awareness on how to tackle mileage fraud.
18 March 2014
On 19 March, FIA Region I officially launched the campaign Mobility 2014 in front of an audience of MEPs, Council representatives and European Commission officials.
18 March 2014
The FIA welcomes the Transport Committees vote to bring about safer, more environmentally friendly trucks.
18 March 2014
On 18 March, the iMobility Challenge featured cutting edge developments for vehicle technologies in Brussels.
12 March 2014
On 12 March, FIA Region I set up a mileage fraud demonstration event on Place Luxembourg, just in front of the European Parliament in Brussels.
12 March 2014
On 11 March, MEPs voted to update the Package Travel Directive with mixed results for consumers.
11 March 2014
On 11 March, the European Parliament voted on vehicle periodic technical inspections (PTI) within the Roadworhtiness package, specifically bringing harmonised minimum standards that allow Member States to adapt elements when implementing.
26 February 2014
MEPs gave their full support for the mandatory introduction of eCall today. This lifesaving technology will be mandated by legislation in all new vehicles, as demanded by the FIA, after nearly ten years of hesitations and delay.
25 February 2014
On 25 February, MEPs approved legislation on limiting CO2 emissions in passenger cars. The agreement allows for a phase-in of the 95 g/km mandatory target, under which 95% of new cars will have to comply by 2020 and 100% by 2021.
13 February 2014
In November 2013, Euro NCAP released the test results for the Ford EcoSport, the vehicle sponsored by FIA Region I.
11 February 2014
On 11 February 2014, the IMCO Committee voted on eCall and definitively placed the legislation on its way to saving 2,500 lives per year in Europe.
29 January 2014
With the upcoming shadows meetings on weights and dimensions for trucks and busses, FIA Region I calls on MEPs to make full use of the legislations potential to make large vehicles safer and more environmentally friendly.
22 January 2014
FIA Region I launched the debate on access to data and your car during a debate with MEPs on data protection and an open telematics platforms for vehicles.
09 January 2014
The 2013 best in class cars include, the Renault ZOE Supermini, Qoros 3 Sedan Small Family, the Jeep Cherokee Small off-road 4X4 among others.
17 December 2013
On 17 December 2013, the TRAN Committee voted to include open telematics platforms and data protection without delaying the implementation of eCall. The FIA welcomes the solution that the TRAN Committee has found to include open telematics with eCall and urges the IMCO Committee to seriously consider these recommendations.
17 December 2013
On 17 December, MEPs in the ENVI Committee approved legislation on limiting CO2 emissions in passenger cars. The agreement allows for a phase-in of the 95 g/km mandatory target, under which 95% of new cars will have to comply by 2020 and 100% by 2021.
06 December 2013
On 6 December 2013, the Annual General Assembly of the Fédération Internationale de lAutomobile (FIA) approved a resolution on access to car data and vehicle telematics platforms. The resolution outlines the developments that are emerging in car telematics and highlights that consumer protection has been largely absent until now.
27 November 2013
On 27 November 2013, the FIA hosted a high level debate with EU Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas and key stakeholders to debate the future challenges of advanced vehicle technologies in Brussels. The event brought together a diverse and extensive list of notable speakers to discuss how to make 5-star drivers, in 5-star vehicles, on 5-star roads a reality.
19 November 2013
EuroTest has just launched the results of a survey of 60 parking garages in 15 major European cities. The facilities were rated on a series of criteria to be very good, good, acceptable, poor or very poor. However, not a single parking garage was rated very good. Only ten test candidates rated good, 39 achieved a meagre acceptable rating, nine were considered poor by the testers and two were categorised as very poor. Ten parking garages failed the test.
06 November 2013
On 5 November, the implementation timeline and telematics possibilities for eCall were discussed in several EU Parliamentary Committees. The FIA strongly urges policymakers to keep to the 2015 implementation deadline and to not allow this life-saving legislation to be derailed by peripheral and inconsequential arguments. It has been shown that vehicle technical requirements and Member State public service access points are on track to meet the 2015 deadline.
30 October 2013
On 7 November 2013, eight major road safety violations will be punishable when driving in a foreign country as the EU Directive (2011/82/EU) on the cross-border exchange of information on traffic offences comes into effect. National traffic laws will apply to all drivers, regardless of the country where their vehicle is registered.
10 October 2013
The FIA urges Environment Ministers to take action to approve the 95 g/km target for new car CO2 emissions by 2020.The benefits of these targets are clear and significant. For consumers it means lower fuel bills. For industry, it means certainty and new market opportunities in low-carbon vehicle technology. For governments it means creating growth and cutting carbon.
11 September 2013
Today, Europe saw the future of mobility at the Valkenburg airstrip in the Netherlands. With the vision of "intelligent mobility for Smart Cities", the iMobility Challenge event aimed to demonstrate how European cities can be provided with smart, energy-efficient, low-pollution and safe transport systems.
29 July 2013
With the motto "Intelligent mobility for Smart Cities" and the vision to demonstrate how European cities can be provided with smart, energy-efficient, low-pollution and safe transport systems, this event will be a high-level technology demonstration day, taking place at the Valkenburg airstrip (close to The Hague) in the Netherlands, on September 11.
27 June 2013
Three days after an outline agreement was reached by the Irish Presidency and MEPs to set a target of 95 g/km for passenger cars for 2020, the FIA has expressed its disappointment with todays decision by the Council to postpone the vote.
13 June 2013
The FIA has today welcomed a new European Commission proposal on the emergency call eCall system which sets a target date of 2015 for implementation of the technology in all new, type-approved cars in Europe.
29 May 2013
On Thursday 30 May, the European Parliament Transport committee is voting on the roadworthiness package and on the further harmonisation of vehicle testing frequency.
28 May 2013
The gap between official fuel-economy figures and real world running costs has reached 25%, causing motorists to spend an average of 300 per year more on fuel than if the gap were closed, a new International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) report shows. Ten years ago the gap was less than 10 per cent.
15 May 2013
A declaration calling on the European Commission to support the deployment of in-vehicle telematics systems and applications, while keeping in mind consumer interests and concerns, was today (15 May 2013) adopted by the FIA Eurocouncil, made up of the 76 FIA Automobile Clubs in Europe.
15 May 2013
Thierry Willemarck has been elected the new FIA Region I President today (15 May 2013). Mr Willemarck is a Belgian national who is also CEO of Touring Club Belgium (TCB). He replaces the out-going President Werner Kraus after serving 8 years in the role.
06 May 2013
This years European Road Safety Day is on 6 May, the first day of the UN Global Road Safety Week. To mark the occasion, the CLEPA, eSafetyAware, and the FIA invite the road safety community and the general public to join a walk led by EC Vice President Kallas for pedestrian safety (beginning at Schuman Roundabout at 16:00) and to experience demonstrations of advanced life-saving vehicle technologies at Autoworld (14:00-20:00).
25 April 2013
The FIA today has welcomed the EP Environment committees backing for ambitious CO2 targets up to 2020 and in the longer-term, as well as a new test cycle by 2017.
23 April 2013
Consumers will lose out if the test cycle for passenger car emissions is not revised to take account of real world conditions, and if supercredits are used to water-down current targets, the FIA has said in a letter to European Parliament ENVI MEPs ahead of a key committee vote tomorrow. The FIA Region I office is a consumer body representing 71 Automobile Clubs and their 35 million members in Europe.
19 March 2013
While nearly two thirds of all European car drivers feel confident enough to give first aid, only 18 percent know what to do when they are the first to arrive at the scene of an accident. In other words, motorists tend to largely overestimate their first-aid skills.
14 March 2013
A draft proposal on the emergency call eCall system is currently being circulated within Commission services with the goal of implementing the technology by 2015 in all new vehicles. The FIA welcomes the expected publication, following a number of delays.
14 March 2013
A more restrictive definition of extraordinary circumstances for flight cancellations Europe-wide is an important step towards improving the protection of air passenger rights, but outstanding re-routing, delay and insolvency issues are not satisfactorily dealt with in new EC proposals, says the FIA office in Brussels, a consumer body representing 106 Automobile Clubs and their 36 million members.
24 January 2013
Harmonised consumer information on fuel quality and vehicle compatibility needs to be provided across the EU, according to the European Commissions new proposal on clean power (launched today).
18 January 2013
The introduction of the 3rd EU Driving Licence tomorrow (19 January 2013) will be an important step towards making cross-border travel easier, improving road safety, and make counterfeiting of licences more difficult, says FIA Region I Director General, Mr Jacob Bangsgaard.
13 December 2012
The current system for measuring CO2 emission limits of new passenger cars is not realistic, leading to higher than expected fuel consumption, say the FIA in a letter sent to Transport Commissioner Antonio Tajani today.
07 December 2012
The winners of this years GT1, WEC, WRC, and WTCC competitions took part in an informal ecodriving race before the annual FIA prize giving ceremony today. Unlike a usual race, the purpose on this occasion was to be the most energy efficient driver.
23 November 2012
The European Parliament adopted the proposed compromise on type approval and market surveillance of L-category vehicles after lengthy debates on 20 November 2012. The compromise was broadly welcomed by Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General.
08 November 2012
A focus on meeting 2020 C02 targets, infrastructure standardisation for electric vehicles by 2013, and the promotion of intelligent mobility solutions, have today been broadly welcomed by the FIA Region I office in Brussels.
31 October 2012
A new EU tyre labelling regulation comes into force as of 01 November 2012. The new rules aim to provide end-users of vehicles with relevant information about the quality of the estimated 115 million tyres sold in the EU every year, and to guide them towards choosing a product which is more fuel efficient, has better braking in wet conditions and is less noisy.
12 October 2012
The 13th EuroTAP tunnel test has just been carried out by five FIA Clubs: ADAC in Germany, ACI in Italy, ANWB in the Netherlands, ÖAMTC in Austria, and TCS in Switzerland. The results highlight the good progress made by certain tunnels, in particular the Wattkopf Tunnel in Germany and the Tauern tunnel in Austria.
11 October 2012
iMobility Challenge, a new EU project which will demonstrate the benefits of safe, smart and clean mobility through new Intelligent Transport System (ITS) solutions, kicks off at the FIA Region I office in Brussels today (11 October 2012).
01 October 2012
The mandatory EU-wide introduction of the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) for all new type-approved motorbikes over 125cc from 2016 (rather than the originally proposed date of 2017), was a key provision agreed between the European Parliament and Council of Ministers on Friday 28 September.
25 September 2012
Putting all your hopes on a single card when visiting a new city may not be the best way to go. This is the conclusion reached in a comparison of 16 cards in 14 major cities, which was conducted for the first time by the EuroTest consumer protection programme (made up of 18 FIA member Clubs).
13 July 2012
This package is a first step towards tackling the cross-border trade in tampered cars which costs billion of Euro every year, said Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General, following the European Commissions release of a new Roadworthiness Package today.
12 July 2012
Vélo'v in Lyon has been rated the best public bicycle scheme in Europe, following the first survey of 40 such schemes carried out by EuroTest.
11 July 2012
The FIA welcomes the prospect of lower costs and improved efficiency following todays European Commission proposal to limit CO2 emissions to an average of 95 grams per kilometer (g/km) for cars and 147 g/km for vans.