This opinion combines the Proposal to amend Directive 2008/96/EC on Road infrastructure safety management and the European Commission Communication on “On the Road to automated mobility: an EU strategy for mobility of the future”.

In his opinion, rapporteur József Ribányi discusses the different challenges related to technology, infrastructure and cohesion in the transition towards automated mobility. Automated mobility has potential to support the European Union’s cohesion objectives, but the transition has to be managed properly and involving local and regional authorities (LRAs) who are responsible for mobility policies and road infrastructure and provide local and regional public transport.

For better territorial and economic convergence, there is a need to ensure appropriate financial resources for infrastructure modernisation and road safety measures over the years ahead, including for smaller regions and those that are lagging behind. In the context of the MFF 2021-2027, operators need to make full use of opportunities under all funding instruments available and optimise synergies. Attention is also drawn to the need to envisage particular support for regions where the socio-economic impact of the transition to automated mobility is likely to be greatest.

“We call for a multi-level governance approach in road safety and automated mobility, recalling that mobility and transport are a competence of local and regional authorities, who are in charge of designing and implementing safe mobility policies and of providing automated, environmentally-friendly public transport in their territory.” – rapporteur József Ribányi

Adoption timetable:

  • 1st discussion and adoption in COTER in December 2018
  • Final adoption in Plenary session of February 2019

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