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FIA Position Paper on White Paper on Transport

Publication date: 30 June 2011

The European Bureau of the FIA, representing more than 35 million motoring consumers via its 71 member clubs, adopted its position on the European Commission White Paper on Transport on 30 June 2011.

The paper says mobility is an essential pillar of modern society. It provides added value regarding social, economic and interpersonal aspects of everyday life. In addition, each individual mobility profile follows different needs depending on socio-economic conditions, personal requirements, the location of residence and access to public services, as well as the overall geography of urban and rural settlements. Surveys conducted by our members show that mobility is an indispensable requirement. The possibility that private cars will gradually be replaced by public transport currently seems remote. This is because many public transport systems need to be improved to become an adequate alternative to personal cars.


Keeping the balance between sustainability and satisfying mobility requirements of a changing society will be the true challenge of mobility governance in the next decade. Limiting individual mobility in order to increase sustainability in the transport sector is not a reasonable option.

From a FIA perspective, a more sustainable mobility needs to integrate innovative technology (rapid market adoption of low carbon vehicle; ITS in traffic management; etc.), advanced traffic management and behavioural aspects of both individual (eco-driving skills; change in travel behaviour; etc.) and collective transport (public procurement; multi-modal journey; etc.).


The FIA welcomes the fact that users are actively involved in the policy orientation of the European Commission, as they are addressed as one of the main drivers to improve the sustainability of the transport sector. For example, eco-driving is a promising low-cost “no-regret” option to contribute to a reduction of CO2 in the transport sector.


Another aspect underlined in the White Paper will be important when setting a road map for transport: information and communication technologies have the potential to achieve a cleaner and more energy-efficient mobility of goods and people. By applying the latest vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies, it will be possible to create an integrated solution comprising eco-driving support and eco-traffic management to tackle the main sources of energy waste by passenger and goods vehicles.


The FIA believes that only the combination of different instruments such as the development of more efficient combustion engines and innovative propulsion systems, the improvement of public transport services, ITS and drivers’ behaviour, can provide a sustainable contribution to the decarbonisation of the transport sector in Europe. Dirigiste top-down approaches are remote and will not be successful. This is principally valid for future infrastructure projects that should be oriented on demand and capacity – instead of directed political decisions.

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