The 2019 Digital Transport Days, the conference to bring together all actors involved in smart transport solutions, will take place from 7 to 9 October in Helsinki, Finland.
The International Energy Agency’s groundbreaking new report on hydrogen, launched this month on the margins of the meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers in Japan, was a key moment for hydrogen, which is enjoying unprecedented momentum around the world.
From 15 June 2019, all heavy vehicles newly registered in the EU must have a smart tachograph on board.
The growth in customer expectation and usage of the rail network means that digitalisation is necessary to improve the quality of services, information provision, and ease-of-access for both passenger and freight customers. Digital-based business models such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can help to increase options for travellers, whilst supporting the shift towards more sustainable transport modes.
Trucks on Europe’s roads will be cleaner from 2025. The Council today adopted Europe’s first-ever CO2 emission standards for trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles.
- Passenger cars are now on average 11.1 years old, compared to 10.5 years back in 2013.
- The vans on Europe’s roads were 10.4 years old in 2013, but now 11 years on average.
- Heavy commercial vehicles went from 11.7 years in 2013 to 12 years in 2017.
Access to key activity hubs has deteriorated and private vehicle reliance has grown, largely due to expanding urban sprawl where distances between functional destinations (workplaces/shops etc.) have increased.
Widespread congestion has become the norm in many cities, reducing people’s quality of life through negative externalities, such as pollution or increased travel times. Today, new mobility services and technologies present a possible solution. However, authorities face several challenges when it comes to harmoniously integrating these developments into spatial and transport plans. How can traditional and new transport modes therefore be integrated in harmony?
The EU is making the transport sector more efficient by making it easier for businesses to provide information to authorities in digital form. The Council today agreed on its position (‘general approach’) on the proposal establishing a uniform legal framework for the use of electronic freight transport information in all modes of transport.
Under the Council’s general approach, all relevant public authorities will be required to accept information made available electronically on certified platforms whenever companies choose to use such a format to provide information as proof of compliance with legislative requirements. However, companies will still be able to present the information in paper format if they prefer to do so.