Another ‘Power Loss’?

Approximately three years ago 1.8million signatures were appended to a petition on the No10 website which was against the introduction of road-pricing. It is fair to say that the then government took little notice of this as, in effect, ‘transport’ is an EU competence under Article 90 and 91 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
For the benefit of readers I reproduce the wording of those two articles, in the section headed ‘Transport’, from the TFEU:
Article 90: The objectives of the Treaties shall, in matters governed by this Title, be pursued within the framework of a common transport policy.

Article 91: 1. For the purpose of implementing Article 90, and taking into account the distinctive features of transport, the European Parliament and the Council shall, acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and after consulting the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, lay down: (a) common rules applicable to international transport to or from the territory of a Member State or passing across the territory of one or more Member States; (b) the conditions under which non-resident carriers may operate transport services within a Member State; (c) measures to improve transport safety; (d) any other appropriate provisions.” (my emphasis)
A Commission Staff Working Document, TEN-T Policy Review, deals with the Trans European Network – Transport (TEN-T) and the future development of this policy. It is interesting that in Part A of this working document, Results on the Public Consultations, from the table which follows only 16 ‘citizens’ out of a total of over 500million (Wikipedia) actually responded, the remainder being ‘stakeholders’ etc. This does rather make a mockery of the document ‘trumpeting’ that “the public consultation elicited much interest from a broad range of organisations, public authorities and citizens from EU Member States and outside the EU.“, however I digress……
From reading the Commission Working Paper it is obvious that the EU intends to set out ‘rules’ on how and where we have and use our roads and waterways, rules governing commercial aircraft and how they operate, airports and ports and also use of the EU’s proposed satellite system Galileo, which will include road-pricing.
The Department of Transport have produced their own consultation which can be read here and the consultation response form cannot be accessed as the link does not appear to be working. This does also make a mockery of the fact that with the closing date for consultations being 10th September, it does somewhat limit the number of responses that can be submitted.
A recent comment on twitter contained the remark that the EU were intending to bring in road pricing by the ‘back door’. Totally incorrect twitterer, its there – in black and white – if you only read the damn TFEU! No doubt when our transport systems are ‘reorganised’ out of all recognition the ‘puppets’ ensconced in Westminster will nod this through as their strings are pulled by their masters in Brussels!
crossposted from Witterings from Witney
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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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2 Responses to Another ‘Power Loss’?

  1. WitteringsfromWitney says:

    Ta once again Sir!

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