The right to mobility

Published on 04/05/2022 by PCF

The “Mobilities” group of the PCF has been meeting approximately every two months for years. During the last period, more than 50 members took part, bringing together about twenty people each meeting. We deal with all modes of transport, from walking to train, car, bicycle, public transport, …

Historically, the transportation sector has been heavily invested by communist activists present in large numbers among employees of transportation companies. Our group includes activists interested in these issues, activists employed in transport companies, in particular the SNCF and the RATP, federal and elected officials in charge of mobility at different levels of communities. I am the administrator of Île-de-France Mobilités as Pierre Garzon, co-presenter of the collective. Fabien Guillaud-Bataille, also an administrator of IDFM, participates very regularly, such as Jean-Luc Gibelin, vice-president in charge of transport in the Occitania region, or Cyril Cineux, deputy mayor of Clermont-Ferrand and specialist in transport. Free.

An important moment for our group was the development of the contribution of the PCF in 2017 to the Law of Orientation to the Mobility, structuring law of the policy of the State. Our party was the only one with the Greens to contribute to this debate. We have also fed Fabien Roussel’s campaign by developing proposals to be able to travel without pollution.

The transport sector in France is today the first carbon-emitting sector for which climate change is a direct consequence. Added to this is the issue of public health: transport is one of the main emitters of air pollutants that cause 40,000 deaths a year across the country. In addition, travel occupies a prominent place in our daily lives: the French spend more than an hour a day and 15% of their income traveling.

In this context, we defend the right to mobility as a fundamental means of emancipation for all, regardless of income level or place of residence. Responses to the environmental emergency must also combine social and ecological: end of the world, end of the month, the same struggle. We defend the need for the state to invest heavily in facilitating access to less polluting modes of transport.

Therefore, we propose to invest an additional 15 billion euros each year to improve and develop transport infrastructure. The aim is to modernize and develop the railway network, from high-speed lines to service lines to the territory, to develop a network of 100,000 km of bike lanes across the country to facilitate daily cycling trips over short distances and create aids. € 10,000 for the purchase of less polluting cars. In parallel with these investments, we propose to dedicate an additional 10 billion annually to introduce free public transport in all urban areas, reduce the price of train tickets by 30% and ensure that 50% of trips to the home are covered.- work at TER.

Our originality in this debate is to propose clear financing solutions. We propose to heavily tax private jet travel and large luxury cars, which are among the most polluting and ultra-rich modes. We also offer tax activities that encourage car use, such as hypermarket parking lots and offices. Finally, we believe that the offices of the richest cities and territories in the country should be taxed much more: when a company chooses to pay 4 times more for its premises in the Champs Elysees for prestige, it has ample means to contribute to national solidarity. and the development of less polluting transportation.

Jacques Baudrier

PCF Mobility Collective

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