By 2010 the number of road traffic deaths in Flanders should be reduced by 5%. The cost of car driving will increase dramatically whilst a ticket for the train, tram or bus will become significantly cheaper. These are a few of the targets put forward by the Flemish Government in the Mobility Plan Flanders (which took one year to draft) - a strategic plan for mobility in Flanders from 2000 -2010.
The Mobility Plan aims to:
- Guarantee the accessibility of cities, towns and villages.
- Ensure that everyone has equal access to mobility.
- Increase road and traffic safety.
- Create a mobility policy that has a positive impact on quality of life.
- Decrease pollution levels.
The five main objectives of the Mobility Plan are to facilitate the creation of a sustainable mobility policy in Flanders by the year 2010, through an integrated process of different aspects related to improved mobility (society, accessibility, environment, pollution, quality of life)
The Mobility Plan assigns each of the five objectives with policy guidelines to be implemented in the medium term (by 2005) and the long term (by 2010). In total around 225 new policies should be put in place by 2010 replying needs.
To give a few examples:
- Guarantee the accessibility of cities, towns and villages: Ensuring the status quo is maintained if not improved; congestion should be lowered; the average speed of public transport should increase along with the speed of freight trains and ships;
- Ensure that everyone has equal access to mobility: Fiscal stimulation of alternative sources of transport like car-pooling; or efficient use of the existing infrastructure; decreasing the fiscal benefits of company cars;
- Increase road and traffic safety - Aiming to create a casualty-free traffic system; introduction of speed limiters and overtaking restrictions for trucks on motorways;
- Create a mobility policy that has a positive impact on quality of life: Lowering the number of people affected by noise pollution from cars, trucks, trains etc;
- Decrease pollution levels: Meeting national and international targets for emission reduction levels.
Many of the above are also targets which have been imposed on the Belgian Federal Government through European legislation.
EUR 2.5 billion to implement policy between 2000-2010.
MVG, Dep LIN, Mobiliteitscel