EC pushes for action on Intelligent Transport Systems

The European Commission has put forward an action plan for the deployment and use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in road transport. The plan suggests a set of concrete measures and a Directive laying down the framework for their implementation.

"Making transport greener, reducing congestion and saving lives on Europe's roads are high priorities for the Commission," said Antonio Tajani, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport. "Intelligent Transport Systems will help us make progress towards achieving these goals. This initiative will therefore foster a more efficient, safer and more sustainable mobility in Europe."

Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, added: "The Intelligent Transport System Action Plan proposed by the Commission will provide much needed policy instruments to complement the work that the Intelligent Car initiative and the eSafety forum have been doing to make cars safer, cleaner and smarter. We are determined to drive Europe towards cleaner, safer and less congested road transport, and the early roll-out of life saving breakthroughs like ESC and eCall."

Intelligent Transport Systems apply information and communication technologies to various modes of transport, which can make European road users safer and less likely to get stuck in traffic, which in the long run can reduce their carbon footprint. The action plan, launched on 16 December as part of the Greening Transport initiative, aims to accelerate the deployment of these systems in road transport, and their interfaces with other modes of transport.

Relatively small investments in Intelligent Transport Systems can allow better use of existing infrastructure as well as reducing road-sector CO2 emissions. Reliable, real-time traffic information can benefit everyone from commuters to hauliers, enabling them to plan better routes and avoid traffic jams, while multi-modal travel planners will allow seamless travel in and between cities and towns and across borders.

The action plan proposes strong European coordination of ITS and services in various Member States to accelerate the deployment of these systems across Europe.

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