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By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 13 Nov 2018

Switzerland adopts EU Regulation and requires electric vehicles to make noise


Electric cars in Switzerland will be required to make an artificial noise. The aim of the measure is to improve safety for pedestrians, especially the visually impaired.

Switzerland implemented this measure by adopting an EU regulation (Regulation EU No 540/2014). This requires that, by July 2019, all new models of electric, fuel cell and hybrid cars are equipped with an acoustic alert system that generates “engine noises”. The measure will apply to all new electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars by 2021.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 05 Nov 2018
By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 31 Oct 2018

EU minister summit resolves “Graz declaration” on clean transport


On Tuesday 30 October, the EU’s Transport and Environment Ministers met in Graz (Austria) to discuss pathways leading to a European clean mobility. At the end of the day, they resolved the “Graz declaration”.

A new era starts: clean, safe and affordable mobility for Europe” is the heading of the declaration which details how the European climate goals 2030 should be achieved.

By Ella Andrew / Updated: 22 Oct 2018

UN Environment responds to IPCC by highlighting innovation in transport


The release of the IPCC's latest report on the likelihood of keeping global warming to 1.5°C, and the associated impacts of climate change, has emphasised the need for urgent action in many sectors, including transport. The IPCC identified transport as a sector in need of rapid change, as it remains a growing contributor to carbon emissions and harmful air pollutants.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 16 Oct 2018

INTERREG Europe’s policy brief on mobility plans


In October 2018, Interreg Europe’s Policy Learning Platform on Low Carbon Economy published findings and recommendations on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

The policy brief drew on a number of relevant projects that have been supported by the programme. It looked at the needs and specifics of the SUMP concept and process, as well as recent developments.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 12 Oct 2018

Record-breaking EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK participation in 2018!


From 16 - 22 September, 2018 activities took place all across Europe and other regions to mark EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK. 

Nearly 2 800 towns and cities from 54 different countries registered for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK this year, making 2018 its third record-breaking year in a row! 

The full list of participating countries and the cities that have taken part is available from http://www.mobilityweek.eu/2018-participants.

By rswa178 / Updated: 01 Oct 2018
By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 26 Sep 2018

FABULOS: new EU-funded project procures expertise on autonomous bus fleet management


Self-driving minibuses have already been tested extensively across the EU. However, experience of the management of autonomous fleets is still scarce. The new EU-funded project FABULOS gathers expertise on the operation of autonomous bus fleets in the context of public transport provision.

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 24 Sep 2018

New HiReach project addresses innovative mobility solutions to cope with transport poverty


HiReach, funded under Horizon 2020 EU Programme, focuses on the development of new tools and business models to improve accessibility for difficult to reach areas - encouraging inclusive and participative mobility - and deal with the needs of potentially vulnerable social groups. The latter category within HiReach include children and young people with disabilities, low income and unemployed persons, elderly, migrants, people living in rural and deprived areas as well as other vulnerable to exclusion citizens.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 09 Oct 2018