Europe’s citizens and business relies on having a working, efficient and modern infrastructure network. As Europe grows into a connected continent, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that infrastructure policy and investment keep pace.
Poor infrastructure can raise vehicular emissions, make more noise, and cause occupant discomfort, in addition to causing congestion. It is therefore important that investment in them is high and consistent.
Some new vehicle types, new designs and even whole transport modes require specific infrastructure to be viable and safe. These must be connected to wider high quality road, rail and waterway networks to be useful. A significant part of what makes European transport policy decisions so vital are their effects on the development of infrastructure.
The automotive industry encourages investments that improve the transport outcomes of Europe’s citizens, improving the flow of goods and services within and between member states. Further, the automotive industry encourages policy makers to complement other policy goals with action on infrastructure. For instance, electric vehicles, which the automobile industry has been encouraged to produce, require appropriate infrastructure to function. Consistency in infrastructure investment will ensure wider transport policy goals can be met.