ITS in urban transport: the challenges for the UNECE Transport Division

11 November 2008  •  Author(s): Eva Molnar, Director of Transport Division and Constantinos Alexopoulos, Regional Advisor of Transport Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Transport systems play a vital role in supporting socio-economic activities all over the world, and especially, enhancing the activity and attractiveness of urban areas requires a drastic improvement in transport systems in order to provide users with better services, high reliability, high frequency and low emissions.

Many eastern European and Central Asian countries have had to face big challenges because of the extraordinarily fast motorisation over the past 18-20 years. Inadequate infrastructure relative to the number of vehicles, coupled with largely obsolete vehicle fleets and outdated technical inspection systems, leave many of these countries with high accident statistics and poor environmental records.

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