Interview questions

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As part of our campaign, we are offering a special opportunity to a select group of MEPs to share with us what they will do for mobility in the next mandate.

21 May 2014 Interview with Georges Bach (EPP-LU)

7 May 2014 Interview with Guy Verhofstadt, candidate for European Commission President

24 April 2014 Interview with Kerstin Westphal (S&D-DE)

31 March 2014 Interview with Martin Schulz, PES candidate for European Commission President

25 March 2014 Video statement by Wim van de Camp (EPP-NL)

25 March 2014 Video statement by Karl-Heinz Florenz (EPP-DE)

24 March 2014 Video statement by Dominique Riquet (EPP, DE) – English subtitles

11 March 2014 Video statement by Dominique Riquet (EPP, DE) – in French

5 March 2014 Statement by Markus Ferber (EPP, DE) 

We will keep you informed as the responses come in for our mobility interview.

The questions we asked:

  • In your opinion, what is today’s most pressing mobility issue in Europe / in your country?
  • Can you tell us about an achievement of yours that has improved citizens’ mobility in the last mandate?

Connected cars

Very soon, cars will be online and transferring data about consumers and their car usage. Mandatory introduction of 112 eCall will accelerate the penetration of telematics technologies, bringing about a number of additional services that can improve efficiency and safety. Keeping the consumer at the centre of the discussion is paramount.

  • What will you do as an MEP to ensure that connectivity is deployed in a manner that is beneficial to consumers? What can be done to safeguard their choice and privacy?

Cleaner car technologies

The lack of accessible and consistent information on the capabilities and benefits of alternatively fuelled vehicles is a major barrier for consumer uptake.

  • How will you champion the cause of more sustainable vehicles and encourage consumer uptake of more sustainable vehicles during your tenure as MEP?

Improved driver training

Novice drivers have been proven to be one of the biggest hazards on the roads today. As such, traffic education should be provided from a young age, to ensure that, even new drivers, have advanced knowledge of safe driving, road rules and defensive tactics.

  • What are the next challenges in terms of road safety? What could be done in your view to diminish the fatalities among young road users?

A fully functional aftermarket

Tampering with odometers is a common fraud, which has important, detrimental consequences on European motorists and affects up to 40% of used cars. Not only does this result in higher repair bills, motorists are often unaware of the correct maintenance needed for their vehicle.

  • Do you support a stronger legislative response to mileage fraud?

A monopolistic situation still exists in some member states on visible spare parts (such as bumpers or hubcaps). This leads to higher repair costs for consumers. A number of countries have liberalised their markets for visible spare parts, which proved to have a positive cost reduction both for consumers and for European parts manufacturers. However, a final decision at European level is still pending.

  • Do you support the liberalisation of the spare parts market to improve affordability for consumers? How do you think this issue can be pursued within the European Parliament?

Transport infrastructure

The current taxation burden is already high on European motorists. Motorists deserve better information on how their taxes (circulation and registration taxes, fuel duties, etc.) are spent and earmarking to secure sufficient funding is dedicated to maintaining and developing road infrastructure. This will in return have positive impact on society as a whole through safety and economic gains.

  • Will you support the earmarking of taxes for the upkeep and improvement of European roads? When do you think this can be placed on the European agenda?
  • Are there any other thoughts or issues that you have to add on the subject of mobility?