Siim Kallas Vice-President of the Commission, responsible for Transport Smart Mobility Solutions Conference “Intelligent Transport Systems in Action” Lyon, 6 June 2011

Lyon, 6 June 2011 Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to be here on the first day of an interesting week in Lyon for all of us, looking for smart solutions to mobility challenges. In this closing of the second edition of the European Commission’s conferences on Intelligent Transport Systems I want to stress again the importance of ITS for transport and mobility; This is my strong personal conviction and also a main theme of our European Transport Roadmap…

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Road charging: Heavy lorries to pay for costs of air and noise pollution

Member States look set to be able to charge heavy lorries, not only for the costs of infrastructure which is currently the case, but also to levy an additional charge to cover the costs of air and noise pollution, following a vote in the European Parliament tomorrow (Tues 7 June 2011). The new rules which revise the current “Eurovignette Directive” will also give Member States better tools to manage problems of congestion, with a new flexibility to vary the charge…

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Transport commissioner launches challenge for journey planner for Europe

Brussels, 31 May 2011 – European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas is challenging industry to come up with a truly European journey planner that includes all countries and transport modes. Although more than 100 journey planners already exist, there is not one yet that allows users to find information or book a ticket for a journey within Europe regardless of the number of countries or transport modes involved. Vice-President Kallas, Commissioner responsible for transport, launched the challenge at a conference on…

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Agreement on Charging Lorries for Noise and Air Pollution

EU Member States will in future have the right to apply the polluter-pays principle when setting road tolls on heavy goods vehicles. They will be able to levy charges for external costs and vary tariffs in order to ease congestion during peak hours and to encourage fleet renewal. Earmarking of revenues for transport infrastructure was the key point of an informal deal reached on Monday evening between Parliament and Council representatives on the revised Eurovignette directive. A compromise was hammered…

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Road Safety: MEPs Close Loopholes For Traffic Offenders EU-Wide

Motorists who speed, ignore red lights or drink and drive when in a country other than their own will be brought to book more easily, thanks to closer cooperation between European police forces and EU-wide enforcement of traffic rules, under plans approved on Tuesday by Parliament’s Transport Committee. Traffic police authorities will be able to pursue offenders in their home country by using the EUROCARIS data exchange system. Speeding, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, failure to wear…

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Road Transport: Vice President Kallas Welcomes key Step Towards Agreement on Eurovignette

Vice President Kallas today welcomed the progress achieved by the European Parliament and the Council on the proposal to review the Eurovignette Directive on 23 May 2011. The future legislation will enable Member States to charge heavy duty vehicles for the cost of air and noise pollution that they cause. The EP and Council in a Trialogue meeting have achieved significant progress towards clarifying how the revenues generated would be used for instance to finance the trans-European network infrastructure projects…

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Road Infrastructure Safety: Commission Requests Action From Eleven Member States

The European Commission has today (19 May 2011) asked Belgium, Bulgaria, Ireland, Greece, France, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia to set up appropriate procedures for improving the safety of the trans-European road network in accordance with their obligations under European Union law. These procedures include road safety impact assessments, road safety audits and safety rankings of the network. The request takes the form of “a reasoned opinion” under EU infringement procedures. If the Member States fail to inform the…

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Call For Tender – Comparative Assessment of Road Tunnel Risk Analyses

Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 16/06/2011 Directive 2004/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on minimum safety requirements for tunnels in the trans-European road network specifies in Article 13(2) that: “Member States shall ensure that, at national level, a detailed and well-defined methodology, corresponding to the best available practices, is used and shall inform the Commission of the methodology applied; the Commission shall make this information available in electronic form to other Member States.”…

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Cross-European electromobility initiative, Green eMotion

The European Commission will support a cross-European electromobility initiative, Green eMotion, worth €41.8 million, in partnership with forty two partners from the industries, utilities, electric car manufacturers, municipalities, universities and technology and research institutions. The aim of the initiative is to exchange and develop know-how and experience in selected regions within Europe as well as facilitate the market roll-out of electric vehicles in Europe. The Commission will make €24.2 million available to finance part of the initiative’s activities. For more…

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