EU launches Clean Fuel Strategy

The European Commission today announced an ambitious package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. Policy initiatives so far have mostly addressed the actual fuels and vehicles, without considering fuels distribution. Efforts to provide incentives have been un-co-ordinated and insufficient. Clean fuel is being held back by three main barriers: the high cost of vehicles, a low level of consumer acceptance, and the lack of recharging and…

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Hydrogen on TEN-T road network closer to reality thanks to EU grant

The European Union will support with almost €3.5 million from the TEN-T Programme a project, taking place in The Netherlands and Denmark with the support of French and Swedish stakeholders, which will analyse the current situation of hydrogen refuelling stations and propose new strategies to expand their usage. The HIT (Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport) project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will define the best strategies to move from the current patchwork of hydrogen “hotspots”…

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Great success for the Third UKTiE European Transport Policy Forum

Read the Conclusions: UKTiE European Transport Policy Forum 2012  Download the Pictures: Pictures from the UKTiE Forum 2012 The UKTiE European Transport Policy Forum is now an established milestone for UK transport in Europe. This year’s edition was held in Brussels on 13-14 November 2012. High level speakers gathered together with with leading UK transport stakeholders to discussing key themes like EU transport regulation, policy making and funding opportunities. Interesting debates rose about the most urgent priorities for the UK transport…

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Safer vehicles through international harmonisation

The European Commission has today agreed with international partners on new internationally harmonised rules on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) and Lane Departure Warning Systems (LDWS) for commercial vehicles. EU legislation already sets out dates for the obligatory introduction of these safety enhancing technologies in the EU. To promote safety internationally and help the European automotive industry export trade, it is important that these systems are based on globally harmonised standards. At the United Nations’ World Forum for Harmonization of…

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Road transport: Europe’s challenge to be clean, competitive and sustainable

Siim Kallas, Vice-President and Commissioner for transport, gave a speech today at the Scania Transport Conference 2012 in Brussels. He mantioned the main problem areas  – climate change, rising congestion and transport’s overdependence on oil as a power source – and stated that innovation and investment are the keys to maintaining competitiveness. He also announced and explained a comprehensive strategy for alternative fuels: “Clean Power for Transport”, to be presented by the end of the year. To read the full speech: click…

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CARS 2020: for a strong, competitive and sustainable European car industry

With 12 million sector-related jobs the automotive industry is vital for Europe’s prosperity and job creation. The EU needs to maintain a world-class car industry, producing the most energy efficient and safe vehicles globally and providing high-skilled jobs to millions. To make this happen, the European Commission tabled today the CARS 2020 Action Plan aimed at reinforcing this industry’s competitiveness and sustainability heading towards 2020. The Commission proposes a massive innovative push by streamlining research and innovation under the European…

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Council wants to enhance road safety

On 29 Ocotber the Council endorsed a political agreement on the proposed regulation on recording equipment in road transport (tachographs). Minister Flourentzou welcomed the political agreement stressing that “making tachographs more cost-effective should be one of the key elements of the EU strategy to further integrate the road freight transport market and render road transport safer, more efficient and competitive”. Tachographs play a crucial role in checking compliance by professional road transport drivers with the rules on driving time and…

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3rd Annual Transport Policy Forum and Dinner

LAST FEW PLACES UK Transport in Europe 3rd Annual Transport Policy Forum and Dinner Policy Forum: 13 –   14  November 2012  “Chatham House”   dinner with Mr Brian Simpson MEP : 13 November 2012 Venue: European   Parliament, Brussels Leading UK transport stakeholders will gather in   Brussels to discuss face-to-face with key EU figures the priorities,   challenges and opportunities for the UK Transport sector in Europe. Do not miss your chance, only a few places left! High…

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Life-saving emergency eCall system should be mandatory, say MEPs

All new cars must be fitted by 2015 with eCall devices to alert the rescue services to road crashes automatically, using the 112 public emergency call system, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Tuesday. This system would enable rescue services to arrive faster, saving lives and reducing injuries, adds the non-binding resolution. “The European Parliament has given its clear support for all motorists in Europe to benefit from an emergency call system free of charge. Since the voluntary approach…

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Transport Council conclusions 12-13 December 2011

  LAND TRANSPORT   Establishment of a single European railway area  The Council reached political agreement on a draft directive on a single European railway are (17324/11), confirming its general approach adopted in June this year, while adapting the wording of some provisions in order to take account of amendments adopted by the European Parliament. Two delegations did not agree to the text, however. One considers the requirement of independence in organisational and decision-making terms for a service operator belonging…

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