Sustainable mobility alternatives must be for all, says FIA Region I at EC conference
Publication date: 17 September 2012
‘Towards Competitive and Efficient Urban Mobility of the Future’ was the topic of discussion at a conference organised by the European Commission on Monday 17 September. The EC Vice President with responsibility for Transport, Siim Kallas, spoke about the upcoming challenges that cities will face in the near future, as well as some of the actions that the Commission is proposing to meet those challenges. He said:
"Europeans are fed up with the daily frustration of not getting to work on time and the problems and costs of traffic congestion. I believe that we can reverse these trends – through forward planning, new technologies and supporting policies. We want to work with cities and citizens to achieve this – to develop better, more affordable, integrated and accessible transport systems. This conference and the public consultation will allow us to fine-tune transport policy in line with citizens’ views and needs".
FIA Region I Director General Jacob Bangsgaard presented the actions already taken by FIA European Automobile Clubs to make urban mobility safer, cleaner, and more efficient for all. He welcomed the European Commission vision of a more sustainable urban mobility for the future, but at the same time he warned against adopting easy, but far from optimal solutions (such as access restrictions and increased road charging) which would make the daily life of citizens even more difficult and more costly than today.
Mr Bangsgaard said, "We need to create sustainable mobility alternatives for all, while also securing sustainable growth for our cities. Most of us are dependent on urban mobility solutions every day to bring our kids to school, to get to work or to visit friends and family. It is the responsibility of all stakeholders to make urban transport safer, cleaner, and more efficient. But this can only be achieved by means of affordable and sustainable solutions which facilitate all those dependent on the network every day."
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I office represents 106 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its Brussels office, which total more than 36 million members.