Conference Programme

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Conference Programme

Two Days of Intelligence

The two-day agenda for CiTTi Magazine’s Road User Charging Conference is developed to ensure all delegates receive:

Ideas from leading senior international practitioners who understand your challenges.

Invaluable case studies on what authorities around the world have learned.

Networking breaks, including drinks reception, to help you dissect the event with your peers.

7th September

Road User Charging - National Case Studies

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  1. In 2016, the Belgian Viapass system was introduced as the first nation-wide and fully EETS-ready electronic kilometre charging platform in Europe. Moreover, Viapass was the first interregional office in the quite complex federal institutional context of Belgium, bringing together the interests of the 3 regional governments of Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels. Bart Dewandeleer, Vice-president for Viapass, will give you an overview of the most interesting figures and results of 5 year’s experience with the Viapass system. He will also point out the challenges for future RUC systems in Europe, particularly against the background of the new EU legislation regarding road user charging.

  2. The successful launch of the satellite toll system by CzechToll and SkyToll in the Czech Republic became one of the most significant events of 2019 in the field. The organizers of the prestigious Road User Charging Conference 2021, which will take place in Brussels in early September this year, also took notice of this. We will be honoured to present a case study on the world's first generational change of a toll system - taking place without outages in its operation and revenues, without traffic complications and with very significant financial savings for the government as well as experience from almost two years of successful operations.

  3. DARS d.d. , will replace a tolling sticker for all personal vehicles with an electronic vignette (e – vignette). The new e-vignette system and its enforcement will be based on ANPR technology, will consider the specifics of the Slovenian tolling system and will be user-friendly. Users will be able to buy  e-vignettes on line or at customer service points. Great emphasis will be placed on the implementation of the enforcement as this is crucial for ensuring the revenue from the collected toll. The contract for implementation, maintenance and support was signed at the  end of May 2021. Go-live for the first phase is planned on 1st Dec 2021.

  4. In December 2020, the Danish government, entered into a climate agreement for road transport that comprises implementing a kilometer-based toll for Lorries in Denmark by 2025. As of 1 January 2025, the current Danish road user charge for trucks in the form of the Eurovignette, will be converted into a kilometer-based toll with a focus on CO2 differentiation to support the green transition. The scheme should reflect, to a much greater extent, the external costs that trucks impose on society in terms of infrastructure/road wear, climate effects, emissions and noise. The toll will be imposed on Danish and foreign trucks - levelling the playing field for the transport companies.

    Sund & Bælt, a state-owned, limited company, is undertaking the task of planning this kilometer-based tolling scheme for lorries. Therefore, Sund & Bælt has initiated a programme, which aims to fulfill this task. Sund & Bælt, with reference to Danish Ministry of Transport, is expected to be the implementation and operation partner, responsible for both collection and settlement of tolls, as well as administrative enforcement.

    Sund & Bælt will present the scope and high-level design of the upcoming kilometer-based toll for Lorries in Denmark, and include:

     

    • Overall Political Objectives
    • High-level Business Model
    • Design Parameters and Concerns
    • Program timeline and organization
  5. Johan Schoups, CEO of VIAPASS and Bernd Datler, Managing Director of ASFINAG will give an overview of the impact of the pandemic on tolling in both Belgium and Austria throughout the varying states of lockdown. What interesting learnings have arisen throughout the last 18 months and how has the movement of goods and/or passengers developed during the crisis? From wider acceptance of digital products, the rise of online shopping and the need for movement of essential goods, what is the true impact of the pandemic on RUC and what does this mean for the next 5-10 years? Has the pandemic set back projects or in fact, propelled forward ideas?

    • Recap of DRSC Bluetooth OBU approach as it was presented last year
    • Improvements from customer feedback
    • Lessons learned from first field trials
    • Next steps
  6. The current road user charge in Lithuania is based on a time (vignettes) and was introduced in 2007. In 2018,  we switched from paper vignettes to electronic vignettes.

    In 2020-11, legal decisions were made to start the implementation of a project to switch to distance based tolling system. During the preparatory phase, an analysis of the project was carried out, and after assessing the necessary conditions, investments, maintenance costs and etc. GNSS technology using mobile devices was selected as most appropriate for the toll collection system in Lithuania.

    The project of the new road toll system is planned to be implemented in 2023. Upon the project's implementation, aside other benefits additional funds to ensure high quality and safe main roads should be collected.

8th September

Smart Urban Mobility 

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  1. This is the moment to rethink mobility in Ireland. We have stretching targets to reduce transport emissions by half by 2030. We have major active travel and public transport infrastructure projects happening. We have an opportunity to rethink how people get around after the Covid-19 pandemic. And there are rapid technological advances in transport, smartphones and connectivity. After engagement with 35 stakeholders in Ireland and internationally, we are proposing a MaaS model for Ireland led by public authorities. A new data and services hub with a minimum standardised data set to unlock integration prioritizing public investment in foundational digital infrastructure.

  2. Investments in smart and sustainable infrastructure prepare us for the mobility of the future in which self-driving vehicles, zero-emission transport and MaaS become a reality. However, Flanders is still in its infancy when it comes to digitalisation, automation and innovation. We are accelerating our effort and trying to define and implement intelligent transport services in cooperation with the private sector and the academic world.

    To this end, we are installing intelligent traffic control systems to improve traffic flow and reduce emissions. We are also setting up soft regulation for MaaS. And a new Clean Power for Transport action plan was recently drawn up, setting out the ambitions for zero-emission transport towards 2030.

  3. This paper aims to cover the best practices, innovation and the future trends in Smart Mobility & Smart Cities in Europe and the Middle East – Post Covid. This paper is very relevant to the current situation and has a message to inspire people to see things from a different angle. This paper will discuss the hot issues affecting the transport sector and discuss new development, new projects, and future trends in mobility, what makes smart mobility projects successful and the Innovation in transport and mobility.

  4. Smart and sustainable mobility. Not so difficult to write it down as a goal or vision in urban mobility policy papers. But how to put it into real practice in the SMC’s, the Smaller and Medium sized Cities, where we lack high frequency metro or tram systems ? Private cars in many cases seem to be the most obvious option for many citizens in the SMC’s to get to their final destination.

    Cycling of course is a cheap and sustainable alternative for private car use in many cities, especially in countries such as Denmark or the Netherlands with a long cycling tradition and good cycling infrastructure. In addition we see however also the potential benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems ITS and automated driving contributing to safe and sustainable mobility systems in SMC’s. City of Helmond (NL) already has some track record in piloting and deploying ITS-services for more efficient traffic flows in the city. The next step will be deployment of automated shuttles for the first/last mile connections. Current pilots show that the journey towards deployment of automated shuttles will involve quite some obstacles, but is a journey that we believe is worthwhile. In the presentation you will hear about the lessons we learn along the way, from pilot to deployment …

  5. Making urban mobility clean and green is everyone’s dream, but if we want to be successful, we must make sure to reconcile these objectives with users’ needs and expectations. FIA Region I is a consumer body, representing the interests of over 36 million motorists, riders, pedestrians, and passengers, and it works to ensure safe, affordable, clean, and efficient mobility for all. This presentation will be about users’ points of views, needs, and concerns, and will focus on how to keep urban mobility accessible, affordable, and efficient, while it also becomes clean and green. 

  6. Data have been called the new oil in transportation and indeed, digitization puts data at the front of new solutions and services. Applications which exchange and reuse data are at the heart of intelligent transport systems (ITS). We will take a look at one of the most promising evolutions in this domain: the national access points implementing the EU ITS directive. Starting from that regulatory initiative, we will discuss the current situation illustrated by the Belgian example. Interestingly, an evolution is underway that will make national access points more effective for three reasons. The first one is that an increasing number of products and services are being developed and deployed able to make use of the national access points, e.g. Mobility as a Service platforms. Secondly, an international cooperation and possibly harmonisation of the ITS access points across Europe is about to tackle common challenges and will improve their cross-border functioning. Thirdly, those access points are intertwined with other European initiatives such as the Mobility Data Space referred to by the Commission in its Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. Thus the broader policy framework will be included in this presentation.

  7. The city of Tilburg develops solutions for improvement of quality of life by connecting people, commodities and data both physically and digitally. Our policy is based on the EU concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and the notion that the relation between digital transformation on the one hand and spatial behaviour, mobility, urban systems and costs on the other hand changes exponential instead of linear.

    Our mobility and transport policy focusses on the interaction between the orgware, mindware, software and hardware. In the presentation this will be illustrated by describing 4 policy strategies: car free city; development low emission zone (LEZ); smart mobility (autonomous driving), transport from our logistic centres and fastlanes for cycling.

Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure

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  1. Continental will present the next step of a road user charging system in order to enable the EETS Tolling utilizing the highly secure and widely available Digital Tachograph.

    Join this session to understand how to: 

    • Harness cost savings without the need of a dedicated Toll OnBoard Unit 
    • Enhance security and reliability by using an Automotive OEM deployed equipment for Toll collection 
    • Easily activate value added and compliance services for additional revenue 
    • Achieve faster system integration and go-to market with DTCO and Proxy Toll services. 
    • Prepare for the upcoming mobility package regulation
  2. An overview of the delivery and impact of the Danish LEZ scheme after a year of operation. This will highlight the design choices, technology challenges and operational decisions taken in the delivery of this Nationwide scheme, with some COVID-19 challenges along the way!

  3. As the move towards “the user pays” gets more and more adapted within countries and cities, setting up a fair €/$-charge for using the roads and infrastructure is becoming a task for specialized teams.

    What price will be charged:

    • What roads?
    • Time of day dependent
    • Eco-class differentiation
    • Weight or Axles dependent (HGV)

    and what will be the impact on driver behavior when a Road User Charge will be implemented?

    Be-Mobile delivers a suite of services that give answers to all these questions and makes it easier for all stakeholders in the tolling arena.

  4. Nowadays cities are facing big challenges regarding pollution, public health, inclusivity, and accessibility among others. In the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) we have been working hard to implement different solutions to address these challenges and we can already see some results. From the implementation of the Low Emissions Zone in Barcelona to cyclologistics, I will explain innovative actions that AMB is doing within its territory.

  5. Road crashes are one of the most serious problems of today's societies and are considered a public health issue. It is the first cause of death in the youngest and the eighth for all ages. Every year 1.35 million people die, about 3.700 people a day, 1 person every 23 seconds, in addition to the 50 million who get injured and permanently disabled. It is the greatest cause of disability, and yet it remains an almost invisible epidemic.

    At this rate, and if nothing is done, it is estimated that by 2030, 500 million people will be dead or disabled in consequence of a road accident, the equivalent of 2/3 of the EU population. How can we, human, built a system that kills us? Can we accept it? No we can´t! It is time to act and to save lives!

    We cannot talk about the future of mobility without have safety as a central issue.

    The mobility model for the future has to be Clean, Sustainable, Connected and Automated but it has also to be Safe. Implementing self-explaining, forgiving and inclusive road infrastructures, for all, that not only serve people, but protect but protect their lives is an emergency.

    All of society depends on mobility systems every day, and we can't feel at risk every day. Road safety and mobility safety must be the priority of an entire society: every life that is lost, every person that is seriously injured is a tragedy that can be avoided.

    Join this session to find out more about road safety strategies to save lives!

  6. The introduction of SmartMove, the Brussels government will be implementing its tax reform agreed in the 2019 coalition agreement: a tax system that no longer starts from owning the car, but from its use. This smart kilometre charge takes into account both the number of kilometres driven and the time of travel. For example, a driver will pay more during peak hours and less during off-peak hours, in the evening, at night, or on weekends. In addition, the social dimension is also taken into account, with the rate varying according to the vehicle's motorisation. At the same time, the LEZ will further evolve into a more or less complete ‘diesel ban’. We will talk about the impacts of both combined on congestion and environment.

International Road Pricing Policy 

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  1. In the past several months, federal legislators have focused extensive legislation on the issue of road charging.  The major infrastructure bill now

    focused in the U.S. Senate allows for an expanded program for state pilots in the nation and begins a very extensive and robust national pilot.  Almost one half of all of the states in the nation now have some involvement in the issue of road pricing.  

    How far will this legislation move the United States?  How quickly will the US pivot to a new system of financing all surface infrastructure in the nation?  Will the movements in the United States lead other nations to similar efforts?

  2. Road pricing is one of the key policy measures to implement the EU’s polluter pays principle in transport.

    Four years after the Commission proposed revised rules, the European Parliament’s and the Council’s negotiators found provisional agreement. The new Directive is still to be formally adopted by the two Institutions. Once approved, the new rules will require road charges for heavy-duty vehicles to be differentiated based on their CO2 emissions. Time-based charges should give way to distance-based tolls with new obligations and options to charge for the external costs of pollution, CO2 and congestion. For the first time, there will also be an EU framework for charging cars and vans.

  3. RUC is at an inflection point in the U.S. Several states have begun a slow rollout of RUC programs--no longer trials. Meanwhile several other states are beginning new trials building on and expanding upon earlier trials. And the federal government is now considering a national trial. Many feel the glidepath to widespread use of RUC is finally being established, but there are still potential roadblocks to navigate....
  4. The European EETS directive states in article 23 sub 4 “exchange of information is carried out using the European Vehicle and Driving Licence Information System (Eucaris) software application” EUCARIS is network organisation of transport related authorities in all EU member states. In my talk I will explain what EUCARIS is, how the application can be used for enforcing user charging and who you should contact to get started.