Overview of existing pricing components that influence the competitiveness between road and rail freight transport

Publication date: 
Thursday, 20 December, 2018

The overview of existing pricing components provides an overall analysis of existing policy-induced pricing components affecting the competitiveness between road and rail freight transport in and through the Alps with a focus on vehicles operating costs.

There is generally agreement that achieving ‘fair and efficient pricing’ is a key step in rebalancing the use of different transport modes. However, the way this is turned into practice is far from straightforward. EUSALP AG4 wants to take an integrated perspective and aims at the development of a comprehensive instrument mix which supports modal shift, considering pricing components that support a better level playing field between road and rail freight transport and a streamlining of policy approaches (integrated pricing). Overall, an integrated pricing approach should lead to a more transparent pricing for road and rail transport and, for both road and rail, should set incentives to pick-up innovative and low-emission technologies.

The study has been commissioned by the AG4 Leader European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino / Land Tyrol, Department of traffic planning.
The main editors of the study are Giuseppe Sansotta, Claudia de Stasio and Enrico Pastori of TRT Trasporti e Territorio (Milano).