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EC's ITS plans likely to apply to cities and regions

03 January 2019

The European Commission has adopted the 2018-2022 Work Programme of the ITS Directive. It covers a range of areas including legally-binding rules relating to the publication of transport data in a standardised form covering all roads in Europe.

Other activities in this work programme address interoperable payment/ticketing, information on charging/refuelling points, access to in-vehicle data, continuity of traffic management services, C-ITS and eCall. If these activities lead to new or revised EC legislation, the impact may be substantial for city and regional transport authorities, especially those organisations that have not yet established procedures to supply transport data to a national data point.

 

The Work Programme is proposing action across 7 areas:

  • Possible revision of current specifications for EU-wide real-time traffic information (RTTI) services (Delegated regulation (EU) 2015/962) to cover the whole transport network for all or for certain data types, including new data types such as urban vehicle access regulations (eg, low emissions zones, access restricted zones, road pricing, etc). The current delegated regulation essentially requires the publication in a standardised form (mainly DATEX 2) of approximately 40 different types of data:
  • Related to the point above, there will be a specific focus on recharging/refuelling points, in particular to ascertain the need for information on publicly accessible points (not only stations) and pricing information on the whole road network.
  • Access to vehicle data for road operation/traffic management purposes for the benefit of public authorities, road operators and any other party in charge of road operations. This would entail working on the data needs and roles of parties in abusiness-to-government contexts. This activity is related to point 1 (and the possible revision of Delegated regulation (EU) 2015/962).

(The EC will conduct a study and make use of existing projects/initiatives in order to support its work in areas 1- 3 above.)

  • Common specifications regarding C-ITS to ensure computability, interoperability and continuity of deployment.
  • Consider the impact of extending eCall to other vehicle categories (heavy goods, buses, coaches, powered-two wheelers).
  • Explore the technical, legal and commercial barriers and challenges of EU-wide multimodal booking and ticketing, building on a 2018 study and considering the MaaS approach.
  • Assess the need for additional actions to ensure continuity of traffic and freight management services, especially in view of C-ITS and automation, such as data, standards and procedures.

Polis is currently consulting with members on the above, especially the potential extension of the RTTI delegated act to all roads.

For further information, contact Suzanne Hoadley.