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SUaaVE project: Comparative law study on the right to access to transport
As part of the SUaaVE project, a comparative law study on the right to access the transport system in different countries was performed in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the USA. The main objective of the study was to answer the following questions: ‘What is the definition of “the right to access to transport”?’ and ‘How do judges appreciate and interpret this right?’
The study discovered that there is no universal right to access to transport in the European Union (EU) or in international law, except for an effective “right to transport” for persons with reduced mobility or a disability. However, different rights for passengers for certain modes of transport do exist. Furthermore, the study revealed that the introduction of CAVs would lead to an overall increase in the legal effectiveness of a right to access to transport.
The study concludes that the introduction of CAVs is legally disruptive and implies a rethinking of the organisation of the transport system. Specifically, the use of personal data is seen as problematic, and it is therefore considered appropriate that legal requirements are integrated into the organisation of the transport system. This issue will be further investigated as part of the work done in the SUaaVE project.