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Commission hopes to prescribe new ways of taxing private cars

Commission hopes to prescribe new ways of taxing private cars

31 May 2017

As part of the highly-anticipated Mobility Package, the European Commission hopes to prescribe new ways to collect road taxes for Member States. The proposal announced today, notably, foresees a phasing out of vignette systems for passenger cars by 2027, a measure that has already been criticised by some of the eight Member States concerned. While the climate challenge should be addressed by the EU, FIA Region I is concerned that the text would simply increase the burden on private motorists, without significant improvements on environment side.


Commission’s C-ITS strategy prioritises consumer buy-in

Commission’s C-ITS strategy prioritises consumer buy-in

30 November 2016

On 30 November, the European Commission issued a Communication on its strategy for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS). FIA Region I welcomes the Commission’s acknowledgement that C-ITS deployment needs consumer understanding and support. It further recognises the importance of data protection and that private citizens should control how their data is used.


FIA Region I welcomes ENVI Committee’s opinion on vehicle type approval Regulation

FIA Region I welcomes ENVI Committee’s opinion on vehicle type approval Regulation

29 November 2016

On 29 November, the European Parliament’s Environmental Protection (ENVI) Committee voted on the revision of the vehicle type approval Regulation. Among the amendments, FIA Region I and its Mobility Clubs particularly welcome the proposed creation of a European agency dedicated to the monitoring of type-approval and market surveillance activities.


European motorists deserve a #BetterDeal

European motorists deserve a #BetterDeal

08 November 2016

EU Governments generated a surplus of €107.9 billion on road transport taxes in 2013. Road transport generated €286.3 billion in national taxes and charges, governments only re-invested a €178.4 billion into the road network.


European Commissioner for Industry blasts auto industry on defeat device scandal and Commissioner of Digital Economy sets inclusive agenda for connected cars

European Commissioner for Industry blasts auto industry on defeat device scandal and Commissioner of Digital Economy sets inclusive agenda for connected cars

30 June 2016

On 29 June, European Commissioners Elzbieta Bienkowska and Gunther Oettinger joined racing champion Tom Kristensen to call for higher standards for mobility in Europe at the FIA Summer Cocktail.


European Mobility Clubs evaluate VW refit following emissions scandal

European Mobility Clubs evaluate VW refit following emissions scandal

28 June 2016

FIA mobility Clubs released today the results of emissions testing of two vehicle models affected by defeat devices: the Audi Avant 2.0 TDI and VW Golf 2.0 TDI BMT. The test results show that these two vehicle models are likely not to be adversely affected by the current recall.


New data on what connected cars are tracking

New data on what connected cars are tracking

14 June 2016

On 14 June, results on data tracking and transfer for two connected vehicles were reported following investigations by FIA Region I member Club ADAC, the German Automobile Association.


The European Commission opens the door for the collaborative economy to thrive in the EU

The European Commission opens the door for the collaborative economy to thrive in the EU

02 June 2016

On 1 June, the European Commission released a communication on the collaborative economy. The document provides guidelines to Member States on how to apply the EU legislation and ensure the economic development of the collaborative economy.


Netherlands goes driverless

Netherlands goes driverless

14 April 2016

On 14 April, Transport Ministers released a declaration prepared by the Dutch Presidency of the EU to facilitate the introduction of highly automated and connected vehicles throughout Europe by 2019.


Road safety stagnates in 2015: FIA to campaign for the protection of vulnerable road users

Road safety stagnates in 2015: FIA to campaign for the protection of vulnerable road users

31 March 2016

The publication of the European Commission’s 2015 provisional road safety figures leaves no room for complacency as they show an increase in fatalities compared to the previous year.


MEPs engage stakeholders on how to bring the transport sector into the digital age

MEPs engage stakeholders on how to bring the transport sector into the digital age

15 March 2016

On 15 March, MEPs Adina-Ioana Valean (EPP, RO) and Henna Virkkunen (EPP, FI) hosted a Forum for Mobility and Society lunch debate on “ITS, Connected Mobility, and the Data Economy”.


EMIS inquiry committee must bring full transparency to emissions test cheating

EMIS inquiry committee must bring full transparency to emissions test cheating

02 March 2016

On 2 March, European Parliament’s inquiry committee, EMIS, began its investigation into breaches of EU rules on car emission measurements. FIA Region I urges EMIS to bring full transparency to the roots of the VW scandal and avoid political infighting.


Digital Single Market: FIA Region I demands specific data protection regulation for connected cars

Digital Single Market: FIA Region I demands specific data protection regulation for connected cars

19 January 2016

On 19 January 2016, the European Parliament adopted its resolution entitled ‘Towards a Digital Single Market Act’. FIA Region I urges the EU to use the Digital Single Market as an opportunity to define robust data protection regulation ensuring that consumers fully benefit from the connected world.


EU inquiry committee to investigate dieselgate

EU inquiry committee to investigate dieselgate

17 December 2015

On 17 December, the European Parliament voted to approve the creation of an inquiry committee to investigate breaches of EU rules on car emission measurements.


MEPs call for better urban mobility for citizens

MEPs call for better urban mobility for citizens

02 December 2015

On 2 December, the European Parliament adopted a report on sustainable urban mobility. FIA Region I welcomes the balanced outcome, which acknowledges that diverse local situations must not be decided upon in Brussels.


FIA reveals what data is being tracked and how the public reacts to connected cars

FIA reveals what data is being tracked and how the public reacts to connected cars

23 November 2015

FIA Region I has revealed exactly what data new vehicles are able to track and transmit. In addition to the creation of driver profiles, vehicle location, trip length, personal information synced from mobile phones can be tracked and transmitted back to the manufacturer.


Citizens lose when the EU agrees to weak NOx emissions limits

Citizens lose when the EU agrees to weak NOx emissions limits

30 October 2015

On 28 October, European countries reached a compromise deal on new testing rules for car emissions. The agreement significantly weakened a proposal from the European Commission to cap vehicle nitrogen oxide emissions.


FIA conference in Brussels: Driving change, connecting mobility

FIA conference in Brussels: Driving change, connecting mobility

20 October 2015

On 20 October, FIA Region I hosted over 80 high level policymakers and leaders in the mobility community to engage with future mobility trends at the conference Driving change, connecting mobility.


The European Mobility-as-a-Service Alliance

The European Mobility-as-a-Service Alliance

06 October 2015

On 5 October, 20 European organisations have established the first Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Alliance, to work towards a truly European and joint approach to MaaS through public and private stakeholder cooperation, for successful implementation in Europe.


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