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FIA Region I Policy Positions

Policy Position on the event data recorders - 
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Conducting road accident research and subsequent establishment of liability, in some instances, requires use of event data recorders (EDR) and data storage systems for automated driving (DSSA). The European Commission is evaluating whether EDRs should become standard equipment under the revision of the General Safety Regulation. FIA Region I sees no compelling case to mandate EDRs in all new vehicles.



Policy Position on Road Infrastructure and Tunnel Safety - pdf Download the document (1.2 MB)



Many of the problems that road users face today are linked with poor maintenance of road infrastructure. Therefore, FIA Region I welcomes the European Commission’s plan to revise and merge the road infrastructure safety management Directive and the Directive on minimum safety requirements for tunnels.


Policy Position on Road Pricing - pdf Download the document (894.6 KB)



Road infrastructure is the backbone of a successful European economy. The infrastructure requires regular maintenance to perform properly, a decline in public funding has led to a deterioration of the overall condition of the road network in many parts of Europe. As the EU considers new funding mechanisms, FIA Region I believes that the decision whether to introduce road pricing, and in which form, should remain the sole responsibility of Member States.


Policy Position on CO2 emissions - pdf Download the Policy Position on CO2 emissions post 2020 (1.2 MB)



FIA Region I believes that there is a need for a staged approach to improving vehicles’ energy efficiency on the road and sets out short term, medium term and long term targets for the EU Institutions to reduce CO2 emissions in vehicles. Targets are useful tools to provide incentives for research and development with appropriate vehicle testing.



Policy Position on the Internalisation of External Costs



A sustainable approach to the internalisation of external costs in transport should consider the costs and benefits of all transport modes, on the basis of equitable criteria.
Economic instruments such as road charging have an uncertain impact on behaviour. They shift money, but do not create additional value. FIA Region I supports the intelligent use of a set of alternative policies to counter-balance the negative effects of road transport.


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Policy Position on Pedestrian Protection



While the current EU regulation on vehicle type approval has significantly improved the safety of pedestrians, casualties still remain excessively high: in 2013, 5,542 pedestrians and 2002 cyclists were killed on European roads. FIA Region I recommends that the EU improves pedestrian safety by adding safety test requirements to new areas of passenger cars and vans, especially to the vehicle's front bonnet.


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Policy Position on Vehicle Type Approval



FIA Region I supports the European Commission’s proposal on vehicle type approval, as consumers urgently need clarity about vehicle performance. More transparency and additional checks prior to and post-release will provide a more reliable process for the detection of non-compliance.


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Policy Position on Car Connectivity



Car connectivity allows for promising applications in the fields of travel, traffic and vehicle support, particularly in terms of repair and maintenance. Data is the key enabler of this new economy. Access to data and its usage rights will be determining factors for market players to design and offer services in the future. European motorists are willing to embrace car connectivity, provided that they know which data their vehicle shares and are given a real choice with whom they wish to share data.


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Policy Position on Traffic Education and Driver Training



A safe road transport system requires tailored education and training interventions at every step of one’s life. Since human error is recognised as a major contributory factor to road casualties, Mobility Clubs and the FIA have put in place programmes to ensure lifelong learning for road users. Every traffic participant should be encouraged to undertake a process of continuous personal development.


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Policy Position on Autonomous Driving



The automotive sector is developing technologies to further assist drivers, which could ultimately lead to fully autonomous driving. Automated functionalities can bring significant safety, efficiency and reliability improvements in the medium‐to‐long term. This Policy Briefing outlines the challenges linked to the deployment of automated functionalities which are meant to improve the safety, comfort and efficiency of personal mobility.


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Policy Position on the General Safety Regulation


With the upcoming revision of the General Safety Regulation, the European Union has the opportunity to further improve road safety by upgrading its technical and legal framework to take new safety technologies into account. The FIA encourages the European Commission to support ambitious safety targets through its policies.


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 Review of the Transport White Paper



Tomorrow’s mobility will continue to be a key enabler for growth, social interactions and welfare. In order to achieve this goal, policymakers should foster the progressive uptake of cleaner vehicles and fuels. They should also provide seamless connections between modes and a variety of mobility options to users.


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European Small Claims Procedure



























In the Single Market, it is crucial that citizens can benefit from a high legal certainty when they purchase products or services in another Member State. A high level of protection implies that consumers can easily comprehend, access and afford legal action throughout Europe. As the European Commission proposes to simplify and speed up the small claims procedure, the FIA points out specific areas that could make this legislation more beneficial to Europeans.


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Prioritise Mobility



Transportation is an area with high growth potential and it is a key sector to boost jobs and innovation; it must remain a top priority for national and European policy‐makers. Following the European elections, policy‐makers must continue to dedicate sufficient time and resources to improving citizens’ daily mobility once they take up their new mandate.


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 Urban Mobility



The European Commission aims at making mobility in the cities cleaner, more efficient and safer. The FIA believes that a number of tools can assist cities to reach this ambitious goal. As an example, integrated planning, including optimal use of new technologies can support a safer, more affordable, more sustainable and more efficient urban mobility.


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 Health Check: Roadmap To Road Safety 2020



The European Union has made good progress in implementing its Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2020. However, some areas need further action to achieve the ambitious goal of halving fatalities on European roads by 2020.


FIA Region I calls for a shared, voluntary effort, driven by strong political will and leadership, to tackle the remaining road safety challenges.


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Mileage Fraud



Artificially lowering the mileage of a car today is a simple, cheap manipulation, which allows for the inflation of a vehicle’s value, in most cases by several thousand euros. Known more commonly as mileage fraud, it affects between 5 and 12% of used cars sales, costing billions of euros to European consumers each year.


European Union Member States go about addressing the issue in many different ways, allowing fraudsters to play on the fragmentation of the internal market. National approaches of single EU Member States have shown that setting‐up national mileage databases merely shifts the problem to neighbouring countries. The FIA, therefore, believes that further action should be pursued at European level.


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Vehicle weight and dimension in national and international traffic



On 15 April 2013, the European Commission published amendments to Directive 96/53/EC, which concerns the maximum authorised dimensions and weights for trucks and buses. The amendments include increasing weight and measurement allowances for vehicles, in order to make them safer and more environmentally friendly, as well as setting out inspection procedures to ensure harmonisation of inspection methods across the EU.


The FIA fully supports the provisions to improve energy efficiency and driver visibility; yet aspects on intermodal transport and cross border use of long vehicles require a more pragmatic approach .


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Package Travel Directive




On 9 July 2013, the Commission released its proposal for a Directive on package travel and assisted travel arrangements; the proposal gives more precision on the definitions and the scope of application, updating the original directive from 1990. It encompasses new ways of booking, such as “dynamic packages”, now covered as “assisted travel arrangements”.


Although the Commission’s proposal addresses the existing legal grey zones to a certain extent, there are additional provisions that can improve consumer protection.


Download the Package Travel Directive Briefing Paper (474.9 KB)

CO2 Emissions Targets 2020


The European Commission put forward proposals to implement targets that aim to limit CO2 emissions to an average of 95 grams per kilometre (g/km) for cars and 147 g/km for vans by 2020.

While welcoming the prospect of lower costs and improved efficiency expected as a result of the European Commission’s proposal, this paper says more should be done to ensure the targets deliver the announced benefits for the environment and the consumers.


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Air Passenger Rights


Existing legislation from 2005 on Air Passenger Rights governs the rights of passengers in the case of delays, cancellations and overbooking. A review of this legislation is now underway.

This paper pays particular concern to shortcomings revealed as a result of the 2010 Ash Cloud crisis such as Alternative Dispute Resolutions, the definition of extraordinary circumstances, booking costs & transparency, airline insolvency, obligations when baggage is lost and re-routing.


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3rd EU Driving Licence Directive


The provisions of the 3rd EU Driving Licence Directive (adopted on 20 December 2006) come into force on 19 January 2013.

The directive aims to increase the harmonisation of driver licencing systems across the European Union: entitlements, validity periods and the model of licence will be standardised from 2013. Please find here Ten Questions and Answers on the new rules.


pdf Download EU Driving Licence Directive Briefing Paper (6.3 MB)

Open Telematics Platforms, including eCall


The European Commission foresees the mandatory introduction of a European-wide eCall service in all new passenger cars and light duty vehicles as of 2015.

This paper says that technology mandated by the eCall legislation needs to be based on the concept of an open platform, as this will safeguard consumers’ freedom of choice and the integrity of the existing competition framework.


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Periodical Technical Inspections


On 13 July 2012, the European Commission published its ‘Roadworthiness Package’ which includes proposals introducing new minimum standards for Periodical Technical Inspections (PTI). 

While supporting ambitious European road safety objectives, this paper says that any additional measure leading to increased consumer costs should always be based on sound evidence. Most recent FIA research indicates that the proposal would mostly likely not result in the road safety benefits foreseen by the European Commission.


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