Overview of existing pricing components that influence the competitiveness between road and rail freight transport
The AG4 Work Plan activity B2 on integrated pricing aims to develop an overview of existing pricing components that influence the competitiveness between road and rail freight transport.
Coordinated modal shift policies in the Alpine space build on the common understanding that the Alpine region faces over-proportional environmental impacts from freight and passenger transport. In this regard the EUSALP AG4 developed an update of recent estimates of external costs in mountain areas, to provide scientific basis on external costs necessary for the design of common policy instruments. The outcomes of the study represent a necessary basis in the argumentation on the adjustment of tolls on mountain corridors with regard to the revision and implementation of the Eurovignette Directive.
Further AG4 activities on implementing modal shift policy have focused primarily on the Toll Plus system, a pricing measure developed by the alpine network iMONITRAF!, which considers a markup on existing tolls. EUSALP AG4 however wants to take a broader perspective and aims at the development of a comprehensive instrument mix which supports modal shift, taking into account pricing components that focus on both road and rail freight transport (integrated pricing).
This study shall deliver a technical background to support this activity, by providing a detailed overview on existing policy-induced pricing components which affect the competitiveness between road and rail freight transport in and through the Alps.
The study will be finished and published by December 2018.