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WG Heavy Vehicle Transport Management Instruments

Under the Swiss presidency (2001 - 2005) the working group “Control and Regulation of Road Traffic” was tasked with dealing with the issue of ensuring the efficiency and safety of road infrastructure.

Between 2005 and 2006 the following topics were dealt with under the French presidency:

  • Survey and
  • Analysis of management systems in the Alpine region, with an examination of both the technical and political dimensions of the systems.
  • Possibilities for alternative management systems (Alpine Crossing Exchange, reservation system, etc.)

Building on the results of the study

  • A recommendation was made to deepen cooperation between the Alpine states with the immediate reciprocal exchange of information in the event of crisis.
  • The management systems currently in use are tailored to the specific local situation and it is not therefore practical to apply them to other crossings and other Alpine states.
  • A joint study to examine alternative management systems for the Alpine region is suggested.

Under the Austrian presidency (2006 - 2009) and in accordance with an instruction from the Conference of Ministers in Lyon 2006 tenders to carry out a study were invited from throughout the European Union. The purpose of the study and the more detailed Presidential Paper was to carry out an in-depth scientific analysis of five transport management systems (defined as sustainable, environmentally-friendly systems which take into account road safety).  The results of this study would then be used to provide the Conference of Transport Ministers of the Zurich Process meeting in Vienna under the Austrian presidency with an additional decision-making basis for the selection of a transport management system for the Alpine countries Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia and Austria. The study essentially concluded that the three traffic management systems Alpine Crossing Exchange, Trading of Emission Rights and Toll Modelling Systems should now be examined in greater detail with regard to their possible implementation with due consideration also being given to legal issues, such as possible compatibility with EU law.

Based upon the mandate of the Minister’s conference of Vienna, the Working Group on Heavy Vehicle Transport Management Instruments (Advisory Board) was entrusted by the Steering Committee to carry out the following studies:

First, a study concerning the alignment of the heavy traffic management systems ACE, AETS and TOLL+ on a comparable scientific, technical and operational level (so called „ALBATRAS“-Study):

> Download: final report of the „ALBATRAS“-Study

Secondly, an analysis of economic effects at national and regional level including logistical and social impacts with specific focus on the road sector as well as transport-intensive sectors (so called „EFFINALP“-Study):

> Download: final report of the „EFFINALP“-Study

Thirdly, a comparative legal analysis of the three above-mentioned instruments assessing the legal compatibility of these instruments with national, European and international law as well as bilateral and multilateral agreements (so called „LEGALP“-Study):

> Download: final report of the „LEGALP“-Study


During German Presidency (2012-2014) the Working Group elaborated two reports:

The first report addresses the evolvement of the Toll+ system. It consists of three pillars and puts particular focus on the following elements:
Firstly, a comparative synopsis of the elements of Toll+ on the basis of the three studies on heavy goods traffic management instruments (ALBATRAS, EFFINALP and LEGALP) carried out under the former Swiss presidency of the Zurich process was elaborated with the aim to develop an overview of the concept of Toll+. Secondly, existing and planned measures of the member states for charging heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) were summa-rised and discussed, in order to get a comprehensive picture of the current situation in this transport policy field. Thirdly, with a view to the further development of the Toll+ concept, a document was elaborated aiming at the identification of needs, aspects and elements for further in-depth analysis regarding an optimal design and a practical im-plementation of this concept in order to maximise its benefits und prevent unwanted effects. This part of the report deals with questions related to the practical implementa-tion of the instrument, the socio-economic technical and legal compliance with national and European legislation and realities, the spatial application of the system, its costs and the use of revenues, the diversion of traffic, possible flanking measures for lo-cal/regional particularities or hardship cases, the harmonisation of the various systems with particular emphasis on the Eurovignette Directive and the Swiss performance relat-ed heavy vehicle fee (HVF), required rail infrastructure capacities and services as well as the need for a possible first draft time schedule.

The second report of the working group addresses combined, multi-modal transport and rail transport services. It focuses on legal, financial and organisational measures to pro-mote combined transport, existing and planned projects for the development or the im-provement of infrastructure and/or new systems/concepts/techniques, information on offers for combined transport services including terminals for accompanied (ACT) and unaccompanied (UCT) transport, technical aspects such as limits regarding train length, loading gauge and train weight on the different Alpine crossings and references to vol-umes transported. The report also contains information concerning the connections and relations in ACT and UCT as well as on operators and undertakings offering the different services.

> Download: Review on Combined Transport in Alpine countries

This report was updated during Slovene Presidency (2014-2016):

> Download: Review on Combined Transport in Alpine countries (UPDATE)

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Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung (Germany) Ministère de l'Écologie, de l'Energie, du Développement durable et de l'Aménagement du territoire (France) Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti (Italy) Bundesminsiterium für Innovation, Verkehr und Technologie (Austria) Eidgenössisches Departement für Umwelt, Verkehr, Energie und Kommunikation (Switzerland) Ministrstvo za promet (Slovenia) Directorate General Energy and Transport