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Court of auditors savages France for ecotax failure

France’s national Court of Auditors has been fiercely critical of the country’s government and MPs for allowing the French heavy goods ‘ecotax’ to be abandoned. The tax was first suggested as part of an exploration of environmental ideas in 2008 and approved by MPs in 2009, but in November it was abandoned after a series of protests. The Court of Auditors says that the decision was ‘a strategic failure’ and ‘a mess’ that will damage the public finances and the credibility of the country’s transport policy.

Published on February 20, 2017 - 18:11

NGOs want carmakers to get real with fuel consumption figures

Advertised and on-road fuel consumption figures continue to drift apart: over the last 10 years, the gap has tripled to more than 40%. Demanding fuel figures you can trust, Germany’s Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and Transport & Environment (T&E) have launched their pan-European campaign with the online tool get-real.org. The website highlights the carmakers’ tricks to manipulate fuel consumption tests as well as costs and the environmental impact of cars guzzling ever more fuel.

Published on February 20, 2017 - 17:26

Transport ministers demand safer trucks to cut road deaths and boost innovation

Eight governments are demanding new vehicle safety standards in order to diminish road deaths significantly. In a letter to EU internal market commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the governments, including Germany, France and Austria, call on the Commission to mandate safety measures such as direct vision to eradicate blind spots in the upcoming revision of the General Safety Regulation (GSR). Such measures would not only drastically improve truck safety but also boost the global competitiveness of European manufacturers, according to the alliance.

Published on February 20, 2017 - 16:23

EU oversight of vehicle testing gaining support as Fiat fiasco revealed

MEPs from the internal market committee (IMCO) became the latest group to back reform of the flawed and obsolete type approval system for cars which is at the heart of the Dieselgate scandal. The vote came as details emerged of special treatment for Fiat vehicles in tests conducted by Italy’s official investigation into Dieselgate.

Published on February 20, 2017 - 10:42

Decarbonisation of aviation: why EU and ICAO action is needed

Aviation accounts for over 13% of Europe’s transport CO2 emissions and a far greater share of its climate impact – its non-CO2 effects can equal or exceed those of its CO2 effects. Globally, aviation emissions are expected to grow 300% by 2050 unless action is taken. This fast growth is partly fuelled by measures including highly preferential tax treatment, burgeoning direct subsidies, exceptional treatment in the EU ETS, and undue reliance on the industry-dominated UN agency ICAO to regulate emissions.
Published on February 20, 2017 - 09:48

Avoiding another Fiat fiasco: Ministers should follow the Parliament and support EU tests and oversight

EU industry ministers will discuss the key points of contention in the EU vehicle testing reform proposal – issues that national officials have been unable to agree on. These issues will be presented in a progress report by the Maltese Presidency on the “Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles”. The meeting takes place in Brussels, beginning at 10.00 on Monday (20 February 2017). The progress report is item 5 on the agenda.

Published on February 16, 2017 - 10:27

Transport takes its toll: Road charging’s role in the future of transport

When? 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:30 to 14:00
Where? 
European Parliament
Member’s Salon (room ASP 8F388)
1047 Brussels
Belgium

If done correctly, charging road users for their use of road infrastructure can contribute to the reduction of emissions from the transport sector. The European Commission is currently preparing its proposal for the review of the Eurovignette directive, which sets the parameters by which member states can toll roads. This revision provides an ample opportunity to link the Directive with Europe’s ambition to transition to low-emission mobility.

Published on February 14, 2017 - 11:57

Governments demand new EU vehicle safety rules to cut road deaths

Transport ministers from eight countries have united to demand new EU-wide standards for vehicle safety. Safer vehicles, such as trucks with improved direct vision to eradicate blind spots, need to be rolled out fast, the governments – which include those of France, Germany and Italy – told internal market commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska in a letter. In 2015, 26,000 Europeans died in traffic accidents but the number of fatalities has stagnated since 2013 – despite the EU demanding that member states halve the number of road deaths by 2020.

Published on February 10, 2017 - 11:01

MEPs back stricter checks on vehicle emissions enforcement

Today’s vote by MEPs to reform vehicle emissions testing moves Europe one step closer to injecting rigour and independence into its flawed system of car testing, green transport NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The European Parliament’s internal market committee (IMCO) strengthened the European Commission’s proposal in several key areas including granting unrestricted powers to the Commission to check cars on the road and penalise carmakers as well as national approval authorities not doing their job.

Published on February 9, 2017 - 10:47

Italian action on Fiat shows why reform of EU testing system is urgently needed

T&E has got hold of Italy’s Dieselgate emissions investigation. The report proves that the home carmaker got special treatment, e.g. Fiat’s cars were tested in carmakers’ own labs and some even “exempted” from undergoing more demanding tests. This shows what is going to happen if type approval rules are not tightened up and all enforcement continues to sit with national authorities.

Published on February 8, 2017 - 10:14

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