EU public transport operators lay out priorities for urban mobility

By: Chris Smith


The EU Committee of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) has just submitted to the European institutions its priority

The EU Committee of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) has just submitted to the European institutions its priority areas for developing a European policy on sustainable urban mobility.

Last September the European Commission published a Green paper on urban transport, Towards a new culture for urban mobility, thereby marking the start of a consultation phase which will result in an Action Plan on urban mobility.

UITP’s recent position came in response to this consultation.

The priorities of UITP’s EU Committee are:
  1. Ensuring coherence of all European policies and initiatives;
  2. Introducing binding requirements to regularly measure CO2 emissions in agglomerations;
  3. Introducing binding requirements to develop long-term sustainable urban transport plans;
  4. Supporting communications and awareness campaigns that promote more sustainable transport modes;
  5. Developing a European observatory for urban mobility.


"These elements are a condition sine qua non for enabling informed decisions at local level facilitating sustainable urban mobility," states Guido de Mese, Chairperson of UITP’s EU Committee.

"For sustainable urban mobility, we need well informed and courageous decisions at local and regional levels."

Through UITP’s EU Committee, European public transport operators plan to continue to be closely involved in the elaboration of the European Commission’s Action Plan on urban mobility, which is due to be adopted in October this year.

For full information, see http://www.uitp.org/eupolicy/New_culture_for_urban_mobility.cfm.

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