BRUSSELS – The 15-Member strong EU public-private Smart Move High Level Group (HLG) met on 6 December to discuss its third and final topic, future solutions for urban mobility and commuting by bus, coach and taxis as part of the public transport chain.
The discussion recognised the vital importance of doubling the use of bus, coach and taxi services for safe, green and efficient urban mobility and covered all key factors impacting the development and expansion of bus, coach and taxi-based urban mobility.
These factors include economic growth, competitiveness, social inclusion, users’ needs, legal and administrative frameworks, user charging and taxation issues, infrastructure and intermodality, safety and the environment, city access issues and innovation.
IRU President of the Passenger Transport Council, Yves Mannaerts, said, "Urban mobility, including commuting, is one of the most important aspects of European travel that concerns millions of Europeans. The potential for urban mobility to lead the way in greener, more efficient, growth stimulating sustainable transport options is considerable. Developing recommendations to make that a reality is a vital part of achieving the results that we all need to see and for which we are working".
Among HLG recommendations to double the use of collective road transport are the need to: