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Position of the Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (AIT) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) towards Electronic Vehicle Identification (EVI)

Publication date: 19 December 2003

 The AIT and the FIA are the international federations representing Touring and Automobile Clubs.  Within the European Union we represent some 42 million ordinary motorists, the AIT and the FIA is the voice of the motoring consumer.  Amongst our priorities is the promotion of road safety and the protection of consumer interests.  From these points of view we feel that it is correct that we comment at an early stage in the EVI study.

  • Overall, the AIT and the FIA can see the logic behind the wish of the European Commission and enforcement authorities to implement an EVI system.  Indeed, if EVI were to be introduced then we, as the representatives of law abiding motorists we would welcome the implementation of such a system, provided it would lead to improved road safety and greater protection for our members.

  • However, we have a number of concerns about the system.  Firstly, whilst we can see the potential long-term benefits of such a system little effort is being made to determine the actual benefits that might accrue from its implementation.  Rather, resources are being used determine the benefits of EVI from a law enforcement point of view.  Motorists will not accept the implementation of these systems without clear proof of their benefits.

  • Secondly, it is the view of the AIT and the FIA that adequate systems already exist for the identification of vehicles by enforcement authorities.  Thus, EVI risks being an expensive ‘white elephant’ duplicating tasks that can be adequately performed elsewhere.  Thus, the AIT and the FIA would rather see monies spent in other areas of road safety.

  • Thirdly from of consumer protection standpoint, the AIT and the FIA has grave concerns about the privacy and data ownership issues that the implementation of EVI would entail.  We would need to see cast-iron legal guarantees that the EVI systems would only be used for expressly stated purposes, such as tracking stolen cars, and the data stored must only relate to any relevant information need by the enforcement authorities. 

In conclusion, the AIT and the FIA are willing to participate in the debate about the potential of EVI.  However, this system needs to offer a direct benefit to motorists, as well as enforcement authorities.  In the short-term, we cannot see any great benefit in the system although they may emerge in the longer term.  However, a number of obstacles will have to be overcome before EVI is acceptable to motorists.  Without this acceptance EVI is sure to fail.


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