Uitp‘s warning. The international association of public transport, in fact, invited politics and industry to help and not hinder the ability of the reality of public transport to achieve the objectives set by the European Green Deal.

In a statement on the proposed revision of the interpretative guidelines for Regulation (EC) No. 1370 on public passenger transport services by rail and road (“PSO Regulation”), a broad coalition of transport stakeholders calls on the European Commission not to undermine the legal framework for the organization of public transport.
The PSO Regulation, specifically, establishes the conditions under which transport operators can be compensated or receive exclusive rights from public authorities to provide public transport services in the general interest. The regulation, and the way it is interpreted, is therefore of crucial importance for the organization of European public transport and the rail sector.

The coalition, composed of Uitp, Ccre-Cemr, Cer, Emta,, Eurocities, Polis and SgiEurope, welcomes the Commission’s initiative to revise the guidelines of the PSO Regulation as an opportunity to provide consistency and a clear regulatory framework. The text in its current version suggests new legal concepts and new interpretations of existing law, which affect the organization of public transport in Europe.

It also introduces a new demand-driven approach that is incompatible with sustainable mobility planning. In the released statement, the UITP-led coalition calls for legal consistency for public transport in Europe, especially at a time when the industry’s efforts are focused on sustainable recovery from the pandemic and a just transition to a climate neutral Europe.

Highlights

Electric bus, main fleets and projects around the world

Electric bus adoption in public transport urban fleet is growing all over the world. It started in China, and it has taken a few years for other regions to start the transition. But now Europe is booming: the year 2019 will be remembered as the year when the electric bus sales volumes definitiv...

Related articles