Why the European Union’s EFC Directive is Failing to Deliver Interoperability in Road User Charging, and How it Could be Achieved Simply and Effectively

In 2004 the European Union issued a Directive to force the road user charging market to supply pan-European interoperability. By this, they meant that any road user facing a road user charging scheme would be offered a service subscription contract and an onboard device that would be sufficient for traveling through all but the smallest and manually managed toll charging domains in the Union. Furthermore, the road user would only be sent one single invoice for all of these charges and tolls. The Directive was issued to counter a movement towards new and non interoperable solutions, where there was no sign of the heterogeneity of the market to reduce by itself. On the contrary, the development at the time pointed in the direction of local monopolies, proprietary technical specifications, and non compatible equipment. This development has to a large extent continued, and there is no less need for harmonization today than there was in 2004.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Pagination: 4p
  • Monograph Title: ITS in Daily Life

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  • Accession Number: 01146272
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 11 2009 2:00PM