Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport (2014-2019)

The future of mobility in Europe depends also on European regulations and standards, which are created in European Commission. “In 2019, you can expect 50 new features towards automated cars in EU legislation in 2019,” is a promise from Violeta BULC, European Commissioner for Transport.

“2018 was a year of Multimodality and in 2019 we will integrate 50 new features towards automated cars to improve the result of externalities.”

»The overall size of transport external costs is estimated to be around 1,000 billion euro annually. To put this in context, this corresponds to almost 7 percent of EU28 GDP. These include external costs that are related to accidents, environment (air pollution, climate change, the costs related to energy production, i.e. the well-to-tank emissions, noise, habitat damage) and only for road, congestion costs of more than 1.000 euros per car each year.”

With multimodality, EU has addressed some of the layers and are now seeing first results. “For example, there are two areas where we have already facilitated access to the data layer through regulation. First, in 2017, EU has adopted the Delegated Regulation on EU-wide multimodal travel information services,” says Violeta Bulc and promises concrete benefits very shortly:

  • In 2019, we’ll see data on timetables, access nodes and accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility for all modes.
  • In 2020, information on bike-sharing and car-sharing stations, vehicle facilities, standard fares for all modes, and how and where to buy tickets will be added.
  • In 2021, we will see improved information on the cycling network and estimated travel times, again for all modes.
  • Second, in the area of rail freight, we have adopted an Implementing Regulation that requires railway undertakings that give multimodal terminals and other service provider’s access to certain dynamic data, such as expected time of arrival. The Regulation will apply as of June, so we will see results this year.