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ECMF backs Smart Move passenger transport targets

ECMF backs Smart Move passenger transport targets Yves Mannaerts, president , IRU passenger transport council.

ECMF backs Smart Move passenger transport targets

The European Citizens’ Mobility Forum (ECMF) has published a blueprint for an EU Action Programme that backs the IRU’s Smart Move campaign to double the use of collective land passenger transport by 2025. 

The Action Programme covers nine action areas, including governance, infrastructure, innovation, funding, sustainability, taxation, service quality, image, and monitoring the progress made in achieving the objective of doubling. 

It also advocates the creation of a dedicated EU fund to enhance collective mobility across Europe.

Ismail Ertug, European Parliament transport coordinator and ECMF member, says: “Our challenge is to provide the highest possible level of mobility for all EU citizens and, at the same time, tackle resulting issues of congestion, road safety and pollution. A key factor in this will be the promotion of well-functioning, sustainable collective mobility.”

Yves Mannaerts, president of the IRU passenger transport council, adds: “The private bus, coach and taxi industry is satisfied with the results achieved so far within this unique discussion platform, the ECMF, which brings together key European mobility stakeholders.

“We support the vision, objective and set of proposals made under the nine action areas. 

“We call on the European Commission to take over these proposals and to launch a dedicated EU Action Programme to double the use of collective land passenger transport in the EU in the next decade.”

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