Car federation Febiac proposes ‘green deal’
In his speech for the (virtual) general assembly of the Belgian federation of car and bicycle importers, Febiac president Philippe Dehennin pointed at the many challenges the car sector is confronted with. He proposes a ‘green deal’ to create a system of intelligent mobility in the country as soon as possible.
“The future will be a combination of our current business model and future mobility solutions,” states Dehennin. “The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg are until now very attached to the existing ownership model, but at the same time, they are a fertile breeding ground for those future mobility solutions.”
“These Benelux countries are, at the same time, an integrated and diversified economic region. They created several diverse and innovative laboratories for new mobility systems. The optimization of mobility solutions for cities offers huge potential.”
Febiac is flabbergasted when it sees the mobility policies in Brussels. According to the federation, the ‘capital of Europe’ delivers no solution whatsoever concerning the efficiency of city mobility.
“The discourse in Brussels has polarized between two starting points: ‘a city for cars’ against ‘a city for people’, says Dehennin. “Measures are implemented without a prior analysis of their impact on the environment and transport streams. The result is more traffic jams with fewer vehicles. This is surrealistic.”
“We propose to the city to conclude a real, balanced ‘green deal’. The aim is a credible plan to guarantee a decent flow of all kinds of transport, be it by car, bike, or public transport. 5G communication technology is the key to organize things here.”
“Intelligent mobility asks for an integrated approach. Only by doing so, we can avoid useless and superfluous driving. As the car sector, we promise to guarantee that the residual kilometers will pollute as low as possible.”
“Why aren’t we using the knowledge that has already been accumulated in other cities abroad? Why aren’t we counting on the creativity of our own young and creative minds? By sharing data and by creating more efficient transport flows we can keep the capital of Europe, Belgium, Wallonia, and Flanders wealthy, pleasant, and accessible.”
The need for collaboration
The corona crisis has changed many things. According to Febiac, it has also enlarged the need for collaboration. That’s why the importers federation Febiac, the sector federation Traxio, and the Belgian vehicle rental association Renta, have decided to join forces.
Not that these three entities will be merging soon, but they want to be more efficient in using resources, in communicating, in representing the entire car sector by one, coordinated voice.
“The most important task of this partnership,” concludes Dehennin, “is to persuade public authorities that we have plenty of expertise. We are a crucial sector when you talk about innovation, employment, and industrial presence. We must act together and be inspired by what is going on around us.”