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European ferries must do more to inform passengers on safety

European ferries must do more to inform passengers on safety

24 July 2014

EuroTest has just launched the results of a safety survey of 18 passenger ferries connecting 36 European and North African cities. The majority of the ferries met the requirements, but very few sufficiently inform passengers about safety.


Germany targets foreign drivers to fund road infrastructure projects

Germany targets foreign drivers to fund road infrastructure projects

10 July 2014

The German government’s new road tax, a toll to fund road infrastructure, provides compensation to Germans, exempting German nationals from the obligation to pay. If implemented, this means that foreigners will be financing the expansion and maintenance of German roads.


iMobility Challenge showcases intelligent vehicles in Helsinki, with F1 driver Valtteri Bottas

iMobility Challenge showcases intelligent vehicles in Helsinki, with F1 driver Valtteri Bottas

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.


As the EU Institutions consider the new mandate, the FIA urges policy-makers to prioritise mobility

As the EU Institutions consider the new mandate, the FIA urges policy-makers to prioritise mobility

05 June 2014

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas spoke about the importance of mobility at the FIA Summer Cocktail on 4 June.


Quadricycles fail in Euro NCAP crash tests

Quadricycles fail in Euro NCAP crash tests

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.


The Commission’s Urban Mobility Package must use new technologies to be successful

The Commission’s Urban Mobility Package must use new technologies to be successful

22 May 2014

On 21 May, FIA Region I launched its Policy Briefing on urban mobility, contributing to the European Commission’s objective to make urban mobility cleaner, safer and more efficient.


EU policy makers must prioritise mobility, say European Motoring Clubs

EU policy makers must prioritise mobility, say European Motoring Clubs

15 May 2014

EU policy makers must prioritise mobility in the upcoming EU elections and beyond, announced the FIA Eurocouncil.


iMobility Challenge: New vehicle technologies showcased in Luxembourg

iMobility Challenge: New vehicle technologies showcased in Luxembourg

14 May 2014

On 14 May, the iMobility Challenge presented intelligent vehicle systems to policy-makers and the public in Luxembourg.


Guy Verhofstadt supports the prevention of mileage fraud

Guy Verhofstadt supports the prevention of mileage fraud

12 May 2014

ALDE candidate for European Commission President, MEP Guy Verhofstadt, speaks out on finding a solution for mileage fraud.


On Road Safety Day, FIA Region I provides health check on the Commission’s Road Safety Action Plan

On Road Safety Day, FIA Region I provides health check on the Commission’s Road Safety Action Plan

09 May 2014

To mark Road Safety Day the FIA launched a health check on the Commission’s Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2020.


Club news: RACC launches mileage fraud awareness campaign

Club news: RACC launches mileage fraud awareness campaign

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.


Guy Verhofstadt supports open telematics platforms for connected cars

Guy Verhofstadt supports open telematics platforms for connected cars

05 May 2014

ALDE candidate for European Commission President, MEP Guy Verhofstadt, expresses his support for data protection and open telematics for connected cars.


Road safety loses as eCall deployment is delayed until 2017

Road safety loses as eCall deployment is delayed until 2017

15 April 2014

MEPs vote to approve eCall, but delay its operational launch until 2017.


Club news: ÖAMTC raises awareness about mileage fraud in Austria

Club news: ÖAMTC raises awareness about mileage fraud in Austria

10 April 2014

On 10 April 2014, the OEAMTC held a press conference raising awareness on how to tackle mileage fraud.


FIA campaign Mobility 2014 brings motorists’ needs into the European elections

FIA campaign Mobility 2014 brings motorists’ needs into the European elections

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.


MEPs increase truck safety by making cab design improvements mandatory

MEPs increase truck safety by making cab design improvements mandatory

18 March 2014

The FIA welcomes the Transport Committee’s vote to bring about safer, more environmentally friendly trucks.


iMobility Challenge: Latest vehicle technologies need smart deployment to benefit society

iMobility Challenge: Latest vehicle technologies need smart deployment to benefit society

18 March 2014

On 18 March, the iMobility Challenge featured cutting edge developments for vehicle technologies in Brussels.


Mileage fraud: shining the light on an invisible crime

Mileage fraud: shining the light on an invisible crime

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.


FIA sees room for improvement in Package Travel Directive

FIA sees room for improvement in Package Travel Directive

12 March 2014

On 11 March, MEPs voted to update the Package Travel Directive with mixed results for consumers.


FIA welcomes European legislation on periodic vehicle testing

FIA welcomes European legislation on periodic vehicle testing

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.


MEPs give the green light to eCall

MEPs give the green light to eCall

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.


MEPs limit car CO2 emissions to 95g/km by 2020

MEPs limit car CO2 emissions to 95g/km by 2020

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.


FIA sponsored Euro NCAP crash test calls into question vehicle safety in Latin America

FIA sponsored Euro NCAP crash test calls into question vehicle safety in Latin America

13 February 2014

In November 2013, Euro NCAP released the test results for the Ford EcoSport, the vehicle sponsored by FIA Region I.


Motorists win with IMCO vote on eCall

Motorists win with IMCO vote on eCall

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.


Improved safety with new rules on maximum weight and dimensions for trucks

Improved safety with new rules on maximum weight and dimensions for trucks

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 legislation’s potential to make large vehicles safer and more environmentally friendly.


MEPs and the FIA debate access to data and connected cars

MEPs and the FIA debate access to data and connected cars

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.


Euro NCAP Announces the Best in Class 2013

Euro NCAP Announces the Best in Class 2013

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.


One step closer to open telematics platforms without delaying eCall

One step closer to open telematics platforms without delaying eCall

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.


MEP’s vote for cleaner cars in Europe by 2020 as CO2 emissions targets are limited to 95g/km

MEP’s vote for cleaner cars in Europe by 2020 as CO2 emissions targets are limited to 95g/km

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.


Protecting consumer rights: car data and vehicle telematics

Protecting consumer rights: car data and vehicle telematics

06 December 2013

On 6 December 2013, the Annual General Assembly of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (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.


Greater cooperation needed to deliver new car technologies to consumers

Greater cooperation needed to deliver new car technologies to consumers

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.


European parking garages are in need of improvement

European parking garages are in need of improvement

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.


The FIA calls on the EU Parliament to implement eCall by 2015

The FIA calls on the EU Parliament to implement eCall by 2015

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.


8 major traffic violations to be punishable cross-border

8 major traffic violations to be punishable cross-border

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.


FIA urges Ministers to take action and approve CO2 emission targets for cars

FIA urges Ministers to take action and approve CO2 emission targets for cars

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.


iMobility Challenge event shows the future of mobility

iMobility Challenge event shows the future of mobility

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.


iMobility Challenge organises full-day intelligent vehicle technologies demonstration event on airstrip

iMobility Challenge organises full-day intelligent vehicle technologies demonstration event on airstrip

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.


FIA disappointed as postponement of Presidency agreement on CO2 targets puts at risk running cost and environmental savings for consumers

FIA disappointed as postponement of Presidency agreement on CO2 targets puts at risk running cost and environmental savings for consumers

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 today’s decision by the Council to postpone the vote.


New EC proposal for eCall by 2015 is good news for safety, competition and consumers, says FIA

New EC proposal for eCall by 2015 is good news for safety, competition and consumers, says FIA

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.


FIA calls on TRAN committee to support subsidiarity approach on PTI

FIA calls on TRAN committee to support subsidiarity approach on PTI

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.


FIA calls on EU Member States to support new Test Cycle by 2017, as ICCT report shows 25% running cost gap

FIA calls on EU Member States to support new Test Cycle by 2017, as ICCT report shows 25% running cost gap

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.


The European Commission must secure a consumer-friendly approach for new in-vehicle telematics systems, says new FIA Eurocouncil Declaration

The European Commission must secure a consumer-friendly approach for new in-vehicle telematics systems, says new FIA Eurocouncil Declaration

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.


FIA Region I Election Results: Thierry Willemarck elected new FIA Region I President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa

FIA Region I Election Results: Thierry Willemarck elected new FIA Region I President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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.


Walking and Innovating for Road Safety

Walking and Innovating for Road Safety

06 May 2013

This year’s 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).


Consumers welcome ENVI support for 95g target for passenger cars & 2017 test cycle

Consumers welcome ENVI support for 95g target for passenger cars & 2017 test cycle

25 April 2013

The FIA today has welcomed the EP Environment committee’s backing for ambitious CO2 targets up to 2020 and in the longer-term, as well as a new test cycle by 2017.


Consumers say no to loopholes on CO2 targets for passenger cars

Consumers say no to loopholes on CO2 targets for passenger cars

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.


First Aid in Europe: Many want to help, but very few know how

First Aid in Europe: Many want to help, but very few know how

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.


eCall: We have waited too long for the call that could have saved so many lives

eCall: We have waited too long for the call that could have saved so many lives

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.


Air Passenger Rights: Clarifications welcome, but re-routing options too slow, say consumers

Air Passenger Rights: Clarifications welcome, but re-routing options too slow, say consumers

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.


EC push for harmonised consumer information on fuel quality and vehicle compatibility, supported by FIA

EC push for harmonised consumer information on fuel quality and vehicle compatibility, supported by FIA

24 January 2013

Harmonised consumer information on fuel quality and vehicle compatibility needs to be provided across the EU, according to the European Commission’s new proposal on clean power (launched today).


Introduction of 3rd EU Driving Licence Directive welcomed by FIA

Introduction of 3rd EU Driving Licence Directive welcomed by FIA

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.


Test cycle not giving realistic measurements on fuel consumption, say consumers

Test cycle not giving realistic measurements on fuel consumption, say consumers

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.


iMobility Challenge: FIA champions take part in ‘ecodriving’ competition in Turkey

iMobility Challenge: FIA champions take part in ‘ecodriving’ competition in Turkey

07 December 2012

The winners of this year’s 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.


The FIA welcomes consensus on mandatory Anti-Lock Braking Systems for motorcycles

The FIA welcomes consensus on mandatory Anti-Lock Braking Systems for motorcycles

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.


CARS 2020 Action Plan: Focus on intelligent mobility solutions for the consumer welcomed

CARS 2020 Action Plan: Focus on intelligent mobility solutions for the consumer welcomed

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.


Consumers to benefit as new EU tyre labelling rules come into force

Consumers to benefit as new EU tyre labelling rules come into force

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.


New EuroTAP tunnel test: The Stony Road to Refurbishment - Some Light at the End of the Tunnel

New EuroTAP tunnel test: The Stony Road to Refurbishment - Some Light at the End of the Tunnel

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.


FIA leads €1.5m ‘iMobility Challenge’ consortium to promote safe, smart and clean mobility EU-wide

FIA leads €1.5m ‘iMobility Challenge’ consortium to promote safe, smart and clean mobility EU-wide

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).


ABS for motorcycles: Council/EP agreement on safer bikes welcomed by FIA Region I

ABS for motorcycles: Council/EP agreement on safer bikes welcomed by FIA Region I

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.


City Cards in Europe: Vienna comes out on top, but Berlin and Paris fail to deliver in new EuroTest

City Cards in Europe: Vienna comes out on top, but Berlin and Paris fail to deliver in new EuroTest

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).



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