The transition to a long-term sustainable transport system

EESC opinion: The transition to a long-term sustainable transport system

KEY POINTS

 

The EESC:

  • Believes that citizens and businesses will only actively support the transition to a long-term sustainable transport system if it is implemented in a way that is financially acceptable and socially feasible. Otherwise, there is a serious risk of failure and social unrest.
  • Highlights that:

   - businesses must feel they are not burdened with excessive costs and will retain competitiveness;

   - employees must be given the possibility to adapt to new working conditions in a socially acceptable manner;

   - citizens must be granted accessibility and mobility at a reasonable cost and under good general conditions, both in cities and rural areas.

  • Underlines that particular attention should be paid to transport infrastructure, in particular for the distribution of alternative fuels, to transport accessibility, use of clean fuels, integration of modes of transport, implementation of innovations and new modes of transport.