France launches major public consultation on transport

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France’s Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and its Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne, recently launched a major public consultation with the aim of making the country’s transport sector fit for purpose. Open until December, the consultation, known in French as Assises de la Mobilité, is seeking feedback from key stakeholders, which will help the government prepare its new transport laws during the first half of 2018.

According to a so-called letter of engagement sent to Ms. Borne by the French Prime Minister in August, the transport strategy should be adapted to the needs of the population across France, provide ‘realistic’ financing for transport infrastructure, and open up competition to private companies, especially in the rail sector. The strategy should also enhance France’s logistics and industrial sectors, embrace innovation and increase safety standards for the public.

The government has launched a dedicated website where citizens, users, companies, NGOs and other organisations can share their views on the transport of tomorrow.

French road manufacturers’ association USIRF, will hold a conference devoted to the consultation on 16 November in Paris.