The Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport spoke to "Naftemporiki" about the progress in e-mobility and the initiatives for the acceleration of the operation of the waterways and the plan of Astypalea, responsible for Transport Mr.. Michalis Papadopoulos.
About the new law concerning the driving license examinations, Mr.. Papadopoulos stressed that it is a link in the chain of the National Strategy for improving road safety, which has been set as a priority by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
He noted that the important thing in the new context is that technology is used to ensure the reliability of theoretical examinations and practical testing., but also in the process of training with better material for the preparation of the candidate.
It is provided, also, special theoretical examination of persons who have not completed compulsory education and persons with special educational needs.
"The goal is that when someone goes to take an exam, he is better prepared than he is today and the road safety culture has become his property., mainly to young people ", he stressed.
«Τους 9 his months 2021 έχουμε ήδη υπερδιπλάσιες ταξινομήσεις ηλεκτρικών οχημάτων σε σχέση με ολόκληρο το 2020»
Mr.. Papadopoulos reminded that during his previous term the 2014 as Deputy Minister of Transport, The effort for electrification had started with the legislation for the installation of chargers and the inauguration of the first electric car.
Regarding the response of the citizens to the program "I move Electricly" that started last September, he stated:
"From 2020 have been registered in the register of the Ministry of Transport 3.706 purely electric vehicles, of which 1.133 last year and 2.573 their 9 his months 2021. Already, that is, electric vehicle registrations have more than doubled compared to the whole of 2020. "
Regarding the technical support of electric vehicles, Mr.. Papadopoulos noted that the Ministry of Transport has prepared the institutional framework for garages, while the corresponding framework for craftsmen is being prepared. It is about, in fact, a new professional specialization with future growth prospects and employment opportunities.
In addition, through the new law on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, Municipalities and Regions, can be involved in financing programs for the purchase of electric vehicles and develop charger networks.
«Προτεραιότητα τα υδατοδρόμια»
Mr.. Papadopoulos described the operation of the waterways as a priority, noting that against την προηγούμενη θητεία του ως Υφυπουργός Μεταφορών είχαν χορηγηθεί οι πρώτες άδειες ίδρυσης και λειτουργίας υδατοδρομίων στην Κέρκυρα και τους Παξούς.
He added that in the latest law of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport on driving licenses, an amendment has been incorporated which also provides for the issuance of a temporary waterway operating license, with which the interested body will be able to proceed until its normal license is issued.
As he noted: "The process has been further facilitated for potential investors and there is a fertile ground for interest. This is the parameter that will largely determine the date when we will see the first seaplane flights in our country.. We are working on a specific plan in this direction and that is why I am optimistic that 2022 seaplanes will fly. "
"An interactive form of transport will be developed in Astypalea"
Regarding the participation of the Ministry of Transport in the Astypalea program, The Undersecretary of Transport spoke about an innovative plan for Mobility, as new custom transport services will be introduced, through digital applications. As he said:
"The new vehicles will be integrated into a network that will meet the demand of passengers for transport, in real time!
The passenger will be able to state through his mobile phone where he is and where he wants to go and the network will take care of meeting this need. In practice, that is, we are developing an interactive form of transport. "
Closing, Mr.. Papadopoulos referred to cycling tourism on the occasion of the creation of a coordination center for the European program EuroVelo in Greece.
Cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism is foreseen for the promotion of the three routes that run through Greece and why not, their expansion to other areas, eg, Western Macedonia.