VVA releases a supporting study focusing on three areas of activities of the working programme of the ITS Directive: revision of current specifications for EU-wide real-time traffic information services; recharging/refueling points; and access to vehicle data for road operation purposes.

The study analyses if the inclusion of additional data types in the scope of the Delegated Regulation would be relevant for improving RTTI services and providing benefits to end-users. Secondly, it assesses the implications of a possible extension of the geographical scope for both existing data types and additional types included under the first step. Finally, it analyses the possibility of mandating the availability of data for the different data types under a specific geographical scope. The temporal scope of the study is 2030.

The Final Report forms part of the ‘Supporting Study on Activities 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 of the new working programme of the ITS Directive.’ It has been commissioned by the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the European Commission and carried out by VVA Economics & Policy, Coffey and TiS. The report provides findings from all study tasks and concludes with the preferred policy options for each of the data categories covered by the study.

The main methodological framework used for this study is that of the Assessment of Impacts (AoI). The AoI is an analytical tool used to gather and analyse evidence in support of policymaking. The main goal is to verify the existence of a problem, identify its underlying causes, assess whether EU action is needed and analyse the advantages and disadvantages of available solutions to the identified problems. In essence, the AoI is a methodology that is used in studies to determine the impacts of different Policy Options which all aim to address the problems identified by the study. The second step of the AoI is to compare this Policy Option against each other after which a preferred policy option is chosen. Each Policy Option is compared to a baseline scenario (for which no EU action is considered, but for which ongoing developments can still cause changes for the future).

Read the full study here.