The FIA calls on decision-makers to:
- Ensure that motoring remains affordable via liberalised aftermarket for visible spare parts and stricter control for odometer tampering
- Invest European funds and earmarking taxation revenue to properly maintain the road infrastructure to safeguard Europe’s growth and high levels of road safety
The average European household spends 13% of its income on transport, equal to1900 € per person per year
Taking into account the dire financial situation and increasing costs for car ownership in Europe, the FIA proposes simple measures to improve affordability for car owners. Out of the significant revenues that car taxation brings to European Member States, only a tiny fraction is re-invested in road infrastructure. More of this revenue should be allocated to facilitating mobility.
Ensuring a fully functional aftermarket
Over the lifetime of a vehicle, repair and maintenance cost is as high as the purchase cost. Measures ensuring the European car fleet is maintained at an affordable price is crucial for citizens, safety and the environment alike.
Tampering with odometers is a common fraud, which has important, detrimental consequences on European motorists. Not only do they face higher repair and maintenance bills, but this common scam also has a detrimental impact on road safety. A first step could be achieved in the framework of the Periodical Technical Inspection but more should be done to secure that a technical solution is found to prevent tampering with the mileage of a car.
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.
Transport infrastructure: the backbone of European prosperity
Europe is on the cutting edge with advanced vehicle technologies. Some are already available on the market, others will be in the near future. These technologies can foster huge savings in safety and comfort to European motorists. However, the proper functioning of these technologies depends on a road infrastructure that can uniformly support these systems. Improved consistency in the road marking and signs should be promoted to support the free movement of people and facilitate the deployment of existing technologies.
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.