ConnectBaltica 5th Annual Convention 2015 focused on Mobility

Tallinn 11.11.2015: This year’s ConnectBaltica Convention took place in Swissotel in Tallinn focusing on Mobility. Following the approach to transform ConnectBaltica towards an Estonian ITS Organization the event was mainly performed in Estonian language and live streamed to the Internet. There have been almost 30 participants on-site and almost 100 participants on-line via live stream.

From left to right:  Gilbert Konzett and Andres Peets

From left to right: Gilbert Konzett and Andres Peets

Gilbert Konzett, Policy Officer at Kapsch TrafficCom AG, in his presentation, sketched out European best practice examples of different transport taxation solutions and mobility pricing schemes. A shift from fuel taxes to user-based fees would adequately address both, congestion and socio-economic challenges. Steps to be taken should be guided by the principles of proportionality and equal and non-discriminatory rule enforcement. [Presentation of Gilbert Konzett]

In the second part of the convention respective speed limits have been discussed.

Marek Rannala

Marek Rannala

Participants at Connectbaltica 5th Annual Convention 2015

Participants at Connectbaltica 5th Annual Convention 2015

The convention has been opened and moderated by Andres Peets, president of ConnectBaltica and Estonian traffic specialist Signaal TM AS.

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Andres Peets

The first session dealt with the topic of Road charging and city congestion charging. Mr. Keiu Rõa of Ernest & Young (EY) presented the outcome of a study performed by EY analyzing the possibilities of inventing respective pricing schemes for road usage in Estonia.

Keiu Rõa

Keiu Rõa

The objective of the study was to find out whether and which possibilities there are for road transport taxation in Estonia that would not unreasonably negatively affect the Estonia‘s competitive position as a living and entrepreneurial environment and that would be economically and technologically feasible. Based on the analysis of various countries such as Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Portugal and Slovakia most of the transport tax revenues is based on fuel excised duty, in average 72% comes from road transport taxes. In Estonia revenues mainly come from fuel tax (99%). Currently Estonia has only heavy goods vehicle taxes at the minimum extend and no personal vehicle tax or road user charges of any kind. All EU countries excluding Finland and Estonia are implementing road user charges (RUC) for heavy goods vehicles. Implementing a car tax for passenger cars would have a positive impact. However heavy goods vehicle should be also charged.

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Gilbert Konzett

Gilbert Konzett, Policy Officer at Kapsch TrafficCom AG, in his presentation, sketched out European best practice examples of different transport taxation solutions and mobility pricing schemes. A shift from fuel taxes to user-based fees would adequately address both, congestion and socio-economic challenges. Steps to be taken should be guided by the principles of proportionality and equal and non-discriminatory rule enforcement.

[Download here the presentation of Gilbert Konzett]

In the second part of the convention respective speed limits have been discussed.

Marek Rannala

Marek Rannala

One of theses of Marek Rannala was that Tallinn has to set the limit speed of 30 km/h to provide a calmer traffic flow of road traffic and avoid fatal accidents. In opposing speech Ain Kendre told that car traffic should stand separate from pedestrians. Traffic speed should be more flexible.

[Download here the presentation of Marek Rannala].

Ain Kendre

Ain Kendre

In different cases could be allowed even up to 70 km/h. The Ertico study “ Intelligent Transport Systems for reducing CO2 emissions for passenger cars” shows that at low speed will cause much more pollution.

The Convention has been closed by round table discussion moderated by Andres Peets.

From left to right: Christoph Demuth, Gilbert Konzett, Ain Kendre and Marek Rannala

From left to right: Christoph Demuth, Gilbert Konzett, Ain Kendre and Marek Rannala

Christoph Demuth, managing director of ConnectBaltica and Managing Partner of Austrian Stratum Traffic Engineering GmbH favors a solution based on exact analysis beforehand positively and sustainable influencing mobility. However a fixed link between Helsinki and Tallinn might also have positive effect on the development of the region, even today’s statistics might not show it.

From left to right: Gilbert Konzett, Margus Nigol, Andres Peets, Ain Kendre, Christoph Demuth and Marek Rannala

From left to right: Gilbert Konzett, Margus Nigol, Andres Peets, Ain Kendre, Christoph Demuth and Marek Rannala

 

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