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EuroCouncil Declaration, 2010


Publication date: 30 April 2010


The European motoring and touring clubs, members of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), gathered in Dubai call for mobile consumers’ needs to be put at the heart of public policy challenges to be addressed in the coming decade.

Whereas,

  • Enhanced mobility is a key driver of economic prosperity, social well being and strong tourism growth;
  • Rapid urban growth, increasing road traffic, ageing populations and growing demands for decarbonised transport solutions represent key challenges to safe, clean and affordable mobility;
  • Road fatalities and injuries have reached such proportions, that  a global initiative by the United Nations has been launched;
  • Cleaner vehicle technologies and alternative fuel options offer scope for further emissions reduction;
  • Consumers must be confident that their rights are widely recognised and safeguarded wherever they circulate to exploit fully the mobility offers and benefits foreseen in the coming decades;
  • Tourism offers many benefits both for travellers and receiving destinations, (economic growth, cultural exchange etc.) the negative impacts of over exploitation, environmental degradation and excessive concentrations of visitors in time and place must be avoided.


The FIA motoring clubs recognise that:

  • All categories of mobile consumers have a right to safe, affordable and clean mobility, regardless of the transport mode they opt for.
  • Road infrastructure, vehicles and driver behaviour must all contribute to a safe systems approach which ensures the highest possible safety standards, underpinned by a vision “towards zero deaths” on roads throughout the world.
  • Mobility is a key pre-condition to intergenerational solidarity. It enables all citizens of all ages to remain independent and active in their communities.
  • Urban environments will further grow in the near future placing increasing pressure on transport networks.
  • Consumers deserve efficient transport systems addressing actual and future challenges arising especially form urban growth,
  • Mobile consumers have a right to benefit from technological developments targeting ever cleaner mobility
  • Tourism is a global growth industry where Europe remains the market leader. However it must be sustainable. Car based tourism can and does contribute effectively to achieving a sustainable tourism model.



Therefore, the clubs will:

  • Deploy their expertise, cutting edge research and continuous monitoring to promote safe, clean, sustainable and affordable mobility;
  • Provide effective support via a safe systems approach (driver, vehicle, infrastructure) for  the UN decade of road safety resolution targeting the current global road fatalities and injuries pandemic to further road safety around the world
  • Contribute to the debate on decarbonising transport, future clean  technologies and propulsion means based on own evidence and findings
  • Collect experience and expertise across the region to tackle the imminent mobility challenges facing our rapidly ageing society, recognising that mobility is an important key to continued socio-economic well being
  • Defend consumers rights to fair and transparent conditions for use of all modes of transport
  • Continue to call for sustainable tourism offers via club programmes like EuroTest. Tests plus information mean consumers, operators and authorities must share responsibility for ensuring European tourism remains sustainable.


From authorities and other mobility and tourism suppliers the clubs demand that:

  • Consumers’ right to affordable mobility is granted to all citizens, given that this in turn determines their economic and social well-being (access to services, employment and tourism and leisure pursuits).
  • Citizens’ rights to safe roads are enforced through ambitious road safety policies that secure a downward trend in the number of traffic accident victims on rural and urban roads and for all categories of mobile consumers (motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and tourists).
  • Senior citizens’ rights to remain fully active members of society are preserved thanks to the development of adapted mobility offers; ultimately, such offers will benefit society as a whole.
  • Member states consider urban citizens’ rights to mobility when developing solutions to combat growing urbanisation. Consumers with special needs (e.g. older drivers, disabled persons) should be better taken into account in this process; this could notably be fostered through exchange of best practices.
  • Citizens have a right to benefit from mobility solutions that minimize the negative environmental effects on society. Alternative mobility solutions should focus on promoting technological innovation and appropriate use of transport systems (such as eco-driving) to reduce transport’s environmental footprint, without unnecessarily hampering citizens’ mobility.
  • The contribution of the car to sustainable tourism is recognised and acknowledged. Tourists’ rights must be upheld while tourists will acknowledge their responsibility in safeguarding sustainable tourism.

                                   
Background
FIA clubs called for increased recognition of the role of mobility in prosperity and for more actions preserving citizens’ rights to mobility in an ever-changing society. They identified the following key trends in mobility for the coming decade:

  • First, mobility is a key to economic prosperity and social welfare, providing for increased social inclusion and economic prosperity. While Western European countries are succeeding in curbing road fatalities and injuries, countries currently or about to experience development-linked mobility booms face an increased road safety challenge. Recognizing the global dimension of this challenge, the UN General Assembly has declared a decade of action to increase road safety worldwide. European FIA clubs will develop a series of actions by 2020 drawing on their know-how and technical expertise.
  • Secondly, the current demographic trends  are both an opportunity and a challenge for FIA clubs’ targeting mobility for all in the 21st century. Ensuring safe mobility for an ageing society will be the challenge. Continued active and socially integrated lifestyles require access to various personal mobility options (bicycles, public transport and cars). Seniors will also contribute to tourism growth, with a positive impact expected on “seasonality” as they will tend to travel outside of the peak tourist seasons.
  • According to the UN World Urbanisation prospect report from 2007 , the world’s urban population is likely to increase by 3.1 billion by 2050. Mobility options in the cities will have to adequately answer to the needs of this growing population and their socio-economic activities. Increased pressures on the urban environment and in particular, on the transport infrastructures will require innovative solutions to ensure efficient deployment of the various transport modes. Options such as park & ride and improved public transport will contribute to mitigating increasing city congestion. At the same time vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists must be protected.
  • Increased awareness of the impacts of climate change and our carbon footprint have led to renewed debates on how to reduce CO2 and toxic emissions from cars. The US, EU and Japan have successfully demonstrated that technology changes have to potential to significantly reduce the impact of cars on the environment. Cleaner vehicle technologies and alternatives to fossil fuels must be further researched and deployed in the coming decades
  • Behavioral changes should also be fostered, as they have a proven record of diminishing users’ carbon footprint. Thanks to increasingly stringent legislation, CO2 and toxic emissions are currently decreasing in the leading developed countries. Consequently, the environmental and social costs of motoring are already falling in certain parts of the world, and will continue to fall as technological developments spread across the region.


Considering these trends, FIA is committed to protecting the rights of consumers’ as passengers, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and ensuring their efficient enforcement in terms of costs, safety and environmental impact for commuter and tourism-related mobility/ leisure.
Dubai, April 2010


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