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Mobility today, mobility tomorrow

Promoting a global smart mobility policy

 

Mobility is a strategic factor in both the economic and social development of the country. Indeed, the decisions taken today will have a long-term impact on those living in Luxembourg. The ACL aims to guarantee and promote access to mobility, the quality thereof, the free choice of means of transport and the safety of its members out on the roads.
 
A matter of cost
The lack of mobility that users experience on a daily basis represents a significant cost both to the individual and to the economy, therefore it is vital that we invest in improving mobility in Luxembourg.
It is important to bear in mind, however, that since mobility is both a social and an economic need, it must be accessible to all.
It is absolutely acceptable for special taxes to be imposed on the purchasing of a car or the fuel needed to run it, but burdening the motorist with such charges seems to have become the norm. The ACL believes that it is no longer acceptable for the motorist to constantly be expected to fund any new policies, particularly since motorists today are already paying out much more than is invested in the infrastructure they use. That said, it is important that greater consideration be given to the issue of taxation and that the matter be considered in terms of a ‘mobility budget’ aimed at encouraging multimodal transport and shared mobility. Carpooling and car-sharing initiatives are being hindered by a system that considers company cars to represent a special perk of the job.
 
It must be made easier for users to pay for various services in the form of a single payment instrument in order to facilitate multimodal travel.
Imposing repressive measures such as taxes and traffic prohibitions would hit households on modest incomes hard and is therefore not a feasible solution. The introduction of toll systems and environmental areas has increased within Europe over recent years, though unfortunately without much consistency. This increase in the number of different systems put in place has limited the free circulation of people within Europe to an unacceptable degree. Luxembourg must not only take care not to follow these bad examples but also commit to ensuring greater standardisation.
 
A matter of infrastructure
Even if we meet the MODU sustainable mobility objective for 2020 (56% for private cars, 25% for soft mobility and 19% for public transport), private motorised vehicles will still represent the majority. Cars will become safer, smarter and therefore more efficient, less energy-intensive and therefore more sustainable, as well as being used in different ways, with the growing popularity of carpooling and other forms of sharing. It will, however, remain an unrivalled means of transport for the foreseeable future and must be included in future ‘mobility’ strategies. With this in mind, it is important that the necessary infrastructure would be put in place. Projects involving major roads, and notably the addition of a third lane to the Arlon-Luxembourg-Thionville motorway, must be prioritised, together with bypasses that are already in the pipeline or under discussion, such as those at Bascharage, Dippach and Ettelbruck.
The construction of P&R schemes and the related services will help to control the growth in traffic levels, and of course, the best way to avoid traffic is to ensure that these sorts of hubs have good public transport links and/or are available to those living close to the border outside of Luxembourg.
Projects that will have an impact on the flow of traffic must be more efficiently coordinated and better signposted and motorways more efficiently cleared following an accident. The technological revolution we are currently experiencing must be harnessed in order to better manage the flow of traffic, with the possibility of using sensors to measure actual flows across the country’s road networks. Within urban areas meanwhile, traffic lights can be used more efficiently depending on the actual flow of traffic, taking all users, including pedestrians, into account.
The interconnection of the various components of the mobility framework requires a smart infrastructure that is itself connected, and it is important that we invest in this immediately. Investment is also required in human terms, and it is advisable that companies appoint a Mobility Manager in order to encourage smart employee mobility. The Mobility Manager could assist the management team in implementing projects designed to improve mobility both within the company and in terms of employee commuting and advise employees on the most appropriate mobility options for them.
 
A matter of safety
Road safety figures have fluctuated over recent years, reminding us that we have not yet found a miracle solution to putting an end to road traffic accidents and that this is a battle we must continue to fight. That said, in order to choose the appropriate measures and above all to effectively measure the effects that they have, a comprehensive analysis of the accidents that do happen is vital. The ACL is campaigning for greater understanding of the accidents that take place on our roads through the creation of a more comprehensive database providing details of serious accidents that will then make it possible to perform detailed analyses of the causes and consequences of these accidents. The ACL also believes that greater importance should be placed on issues relating to road safety when it comes to educating young people and training young drivers, as well as improving the road infrastructure & signage and eliminating accident black spots. That said, the ACL is against the blanket lowering of the maximum permitted speed limit outside of urban areas from 90 to 80km/h, as well as any other repressive measures and the pursuit of an essentially repressive strategy.
With regards to consumer protection, the ACL is in favour of introducing the possibility of taking class action into Luxembourgish legislation.
 
Further information on the ACL’s grievances and proposals can be found in the brochure entitled « Pour une politique de mobilité globale et intelligente ». (‘Promoting a Global Smart Mobility Policy’).
 

Extrait de l'Autotouring 3, juin 2018 : Questions aux partis politiques en matière de mobilité