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On Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)Summary


03 Dec 2009



In the context of the follow-up to the Electra report, Orgalime’s electrical and electronic industry supports the proposed framework Directive and Action Plan of the European Commission on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and the four “priority areas” as defined in article 4§1 in particular: optimal use of road, traffic and travel data; continuity of traffic and freight management ITS services; road safety and security; integration of the vehicle into the transport infrastructure. Therefore Orgalime calls on the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to adopt it quickly, so as to facilitate the provision of services, mainly by private operators, as a cost-efficient answer to all stakeholders’ needs, on the model of Galileo.

Closer integration of EU policies in the transport and telecommunication sectors is needed

Europe today is confronted with a constant increase in freight and passenger flows. Growing urbanisation and increasingly complex mobility requirements lead to a strong demand for new intelligent and flexible transport solutions and services. The challenge is to manage the increasing transport demand in a way that guarantees better mobility, mobile access to information, higher quality of life, safety and environmental protection. At national level, policies are often fragmented and incentives for infrastructure investments are generally limited. Therefore, there is an increasing need for closer integration of EU policies in the transport and telecommunication sectors. This would favour the development of trans-European rail and road networks, airport and port infrastructures as well as specific technologies linked to these developments. It would also contribute to enhancing security and traffic management while minimising the environmental impact of transportation, e.g. via the development of “intelligent roads”.

ITS systems are useful to the implementation of national and EU policies, beyond transport
ITS-solutions contribute significantly to more sustainability in road traffic, to more security, better efficiency, environmental protection and inter-modality. Interoperable ITS systems are needed for the further build-up of Trans-European traffic networks.

In particular, we are convinced that the EU-Directive 2001/81/EC on “National Emission Ceilings for certain Atmospheric Pollutants” and Directive 2002/49/EC “Relating to the Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise” can be implemented with ITS systems. Besides, the future implementation of GALILEO is only possible if services can be based upon interoperable ITS solutions.

Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association, speaks for 34 trade federations representing some 130,000 companies in the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking & metal articles industries of 22 European countries. The industry employs some 11.1 million people in the EU and in 2008 accounted for some €1,885 billion of annual output. The industry not only represents more than one quarter of the output of manufactured products but also a third of the manufactured exports of the European Union.

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ORGALIME aisbl | Diamant Building | Boulevard A Reyers 80 | B1030 | Brussels | Belgium
Tel: +32 2 706 82 35 | Fax: +32 2 706 82 50 | e-mail:
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