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Policy Priorities

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CONNECTING VEHICLES

Data Protection
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
Automation
Access to Repair and Maintenance Info

SAFEGUARDING MOBILITY

Cost of Motoring
Urban Mobility
Legal Protection
Tourism

INCREASING ROAD SAFETY

Safer Drivers
Safer Vehicles
Safer Infrastructure

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

CO2 Emissions Reduction
Test Cycle
Alternative Technologies

Improving our daily mobility must remain a top priority for national and European policy makers. Better vehicles, infrastructure and driver behaviour are key to providing intelligent mobility solutions for citizens.

 

These goals require political and financial support for the development of appropriate infrastructures, technologies and legal frameworks. FIA Clubs boast a wealth of experience and knowledge in the mobility area, and are well placed to offer consumer oriented political, technical and practical expertise to meet the mobility challenges ahead.

 

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CONNECTING VEHICLES

  • Data Protection
  • Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
  • Automation
  • Access to Repair and Maintenance Information

 

DATA PROTECTION

 

The digital economy is a key driver for future growth, and its success mostly depends on data availability. Today, in-vehicle telematics systems create a wealth of data about the vehicle and its occupants. Most of this data is currently gathered without consumers’ informed consent although it is widely used for proprietary commercial purposes. Vehicle data deserves an adequate level of protection, just like any other type of personal data. Motorists have a right to be fully informed about the data they produce and freely choose who can access this data over their vehicle’s lifetime.

 

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • Motorists’ right to clear information about the data gathered and its potential use

  • Giving consumers discretion over who has access to all of the data generated by their vehicle

  • Consumers’ right to choose from a variety of safe product functionalities and services

 


 

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS (ITS)

 

ITS can significantly contribute towards creating a cleaner, safer and more efficient transport system. Even though technologies have made quick progress in recent years, consumer uptake is still lagging behind. In order to ensure technological roll-out, more should be done to increase user awareness, guarantee data protection and clarity over liability issues. Only then, can ITS support drivers and increase the flexibility of what mobility offers. In helping to achieve this goal, the FIA is an active member of the iMobility Forum and carries out technology demonstrations throughout Europe.

 

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • The widespread deployment and use of ITS in the EU, with the aim of increasing the mobility options available to consumers

  • The deployment of ITS solutions that take into account data security, data protection, and liability issues

  • The promotion of open platforms allowing the development of a range of safe applications supporting drivers

  • Open access to traffic and travel data, to facilitate traffic throughout the EU

 


 

AUTOMATION

 

Progressive automation of vehicle functionalities will play a key role in enhancing road safety. In order to be efficient, assistance systems should be developed with a user-centred focus and take the ageing of European population into account. Constant road monitoring will soon be able to detect when a crash is imminent. Automated processes could then take over from the driver to avoid collisions linked to driver impairment, be it fatigue or alcohol-related. As such, FIA Region I welcomes these systems, as long as they are only triggered in emergency situations.

 

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • Research on vehicle automation based on assistance systems tailored to the needs of an ageing society (i.e. intuitive systems built to minimise distraction)

  • Thorough analysis of the liability issues before the progressive deployment of automation, to ensure legal certainty for early adopters

 


 

ACCESS TO REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE INFORMATION

 

The European Union is finalising a sound legislative framework allowing fair access to vehicle repair and maintenance information. FIA Region I was instrumental in designing the standards allowing independent garages to freely compete for personal vehicles repairs, thus guaranteeing quality and lower costs for motorists. Connectivity increasingly allows for preventive maintenance and remote repairs, an opportunity that only car manufacturers can seize today. Decision-makers should upgrade the current framework safeguarding motorists’ choice of service and repair dealer, taking connected vehicle technologies into account.

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • Access to technical information for all vehicle types in a useable form for vehicle repair shops in the interest of safety, security, and the environment, through appropriate legislation and standards

  • Adapting the current framework to include secured access to wireless vehicle information for independent repairers via an interoperable, secure platform

 


 

 

SAFEGUARDING MOBILITY

  • Cost of Motoring
  • Urban Mobility
  • Legal Protection
  • Tourism

 

COST OF MOTORING

 

Today, transport-related expenditure accounts for more than 13% of household budgets. As a key contributor to society’s growth and welfare, personal mobility should be preserved despite soaring energy prices. In order to reach this goal, alternative modes and technologies should be developed, while ensuring that the high level of car taxation is optimally re-invested in transport infrastructure. In the absence of alternatives and adapted incentives, increasing personal vehicle taxation will not lead to behavioural changes. Additional measures that can lower costs for consumers include enforcing an effective solution to mileage fraud and liberalising the market for visible spare parts.

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • The development of alternatives to fossil-fuelled vehicles at an affordable price

  • A fair taxation scheme where State revenue is reinvested to properly maintain the road infrastructure

  • Full liberalisation of the European market for visible spare parts

  • A technical solution to prevent tampering with the mileage of a car

 


 

URBAN MOBILITY

 

Cities account for 70% of EU’s population and generate 80% of the EU’s GDP. It is also within urban areas that trucks, buses, cars, trams, motorcycles, bikes and pedestrians are sharing limited space. As such, urban mobility needs coherent development plans that minimise the negative externalities of transport systems, while safeguarding the mobility of citizens. Tailored ITS solutions can significantly improve urban mobility by limiting congestion and enhancing transport system efficiency according to local circumstances.

 

 

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • Investment in dedicated infrastructure for each transport mode, if feasible, to ensure safety for all without imposing blanket solutions

  • Inter-modal complementarity

  • Respect of local context and specificities to implement the right solution for urban mobility

  • Deployment of ITS to reduce congestion, increase road safety and efficiency

 


 

LEGAL PROTECTION

 

Mobility is a key enabler in today’s society and significantly contributes to European growth. Our Motoring and Touring Clubs represent the interests of motorists, motorcyclists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists. Their daily role is to advise Europeans on mobility services, be it on the choice of a car, how to get redress after a purchase or on enforcing their rights as passengers. FIA Region I is active in a broad range of consumer protection issues. Our objective is to guarantee a high level of protection for mobility services throughout the internal market and ensure proper coverage should things go wrong.

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • The improvement of cross border market conditions via the adoption of legislation such as the Consumer Rights Directive

  • Increased possibilities to get proper justice for cross-border claims via the Small Claims Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution schemes

  • Enhancing the role of European Consumer Centres in advising citizens in their day-to-day legal needs

 


 

TOURISM

 

Tourism is a key generator of demand for mobility, whether in terms of business or leisure. A sustainable approach to tourism should be developed so that society as a whole continues to benefit from its positive economic impact in years to come. European Touring and Motoring Clubs offer tourism services and help consumers get compensation when things go wrong. The European Union should guarantee a simple conflict resolution mode for these complaints, which often have a cross-border element.

 

 

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • The development of a coherent set of rights for bus, train and airline passengers

  • Providing consumers with more certainty and protection when purchasing tourism services, for example, through the revision of the Package Travel Directive
  • Inclusive mobility for travellers, including for disabled and vulnerable travellers

 

 


 

 

INCREASING ROAD SAFETY

  • Safer Drivers
  • Safer Vehicles
  • Safer Infrastructure

 


 

SAFER DRIVERS

 

Improving the behaviour of road users is a key priority of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. FIA Region I is supporting this global initiative in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, through education, training and information programmes carried out in the framework of the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign. FIA Region I Member Clubs promote the exchange and spread of expertise and best practice in traffic education, for example, by carrying out local initiatives for road safety and by participating in the FIA Region I European Traffic Education Contest.

 

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • The introduction of a mandatory second-phase drivers licence for all European drivers

  • Campaigns aimed at encouraging safe driving practices

  • Lifelong learning for all road users, with specific focus on vulnerable users

 

 


 

SAFER VEHICLES

 

Vehicle safety is improving. To continue this positive trajectory, the FIA is an active member of Euro NCAP, which provides consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of the most popular cars sold in Europe. When car design improvements or technical advances show a marked increase in safety, they should become standard features. Consumers should not need to pay extra for proven lifesaving technologies. Making some key safety features mandatory will also help achieve the European Commission’s target to halve the overall number of road deaths in the EU from 2010 to 2020, creating a common road safety area.

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • The increased deployment of advanced safety technologies, including eCall, which can prevent accidents from happening in the first place

  • Increased attention to be paid to avoiding driver distraction when designing ITS and driver-support functionalities

  • Vehicle designs that protect vulnerable road users, as well as safe and easy-to-use child restraints

 


 

SAFER INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Improvements in road infrastructure can bring about major road safety gains. Roads must be self-explanatory, to reduce the likelihood of an accident, and forgiving, to protect users when an accident occurs. To achieve this, additional investment in the construction and maintenance of safe road infrastructure is needed. The existence of many bottlenecks in the European road network not only adversely affects road safety, but are also the cause of congestion, time loss, excessive fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. In this context, FIA Clubs contribute to identify bottlenecks and road segments prone to congestion.

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • The European Commission’s White Paper recommendation to define a core network of strategic European infrastructure (a European Mobility Network)

  • The upgrade and maintenance of road infrastructure to allow for the deployment of cooperative systems

  • The work of the European Roads Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) and International Roads Assessment Programme (iRAP) to make roads safe, including the development of safer infrastructure for vulnerable users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

 


 

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

  • CO2 Emissions Reduction
  • Test Cycle
  • Alternative Technologies

 

CO2 EMISSIONS REDUCTION

 

Transport is responsible for around one fifth of European greenhouse gas emissions, while around two thirds of transport emissions come from road transport, including the transport of goods. Transport should, as all other sectors, commit to significantly lowering its emissions. By 2025, air quality will improve as a result of technologies mandated today.

 

 

 

 

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • The setting up of ambitious post 2020 CO2 emission targets for passenger cars, to trigger more innovation and benefit society at large

  • A global approach to improving the automotive fuel economy, primarily by encouraging technological improvements in vehicle efficiency

 

 


 

TEST CYCLE

 

Type approval emission figures are currently used to assess whether manufacturers reach the target set for CO2 reduction. Unfortunately, the gap between the real life emissions and the type approval value has increased from about 8% in 2011 to 21% in 2013. FIA Touring and Motoring Clubs call for accurate information to be given to motorists and therefore fully support the introduction of a more realistic test cycle by 2017. In addition, clear labelling should reflect the accurate performance and emissions of a vehicle, allowing customers to make an informed choice when buying a car.

 

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • The early introduction of the New European Driving Cycle for passenger cars and progressively include the consumption of accessories, such as air conditioning, into the criteria tested, in order to bring adequate information to consumers

  • The development of a new CO2 labelling Directive to help consumers choose vehicles with low fuel consumption levels when they buy cars

 


 

ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

 

The lack of accessible and consistent information on the capabilities and benefits of alternatively fuelled vehicles is a major barrier for consumer uptake. Policymakers have a role to play in ensuring the progressive roll out of these technologies, which will foster a more sustainable mobility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIA Region I supports:

 

  • Clear and consistent information on the environmental potential of different fuel types and consistent information on fuel-to-car compatibility

  • Providing consumers with opportunities to get first-hand experience with new vehicle types to encourage take-up

  • A stable environment and technology neutrality for incentives for clean technologies and fuels

 

 


 

 

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