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Progressing Electronic Road Pricing
The conference theme is exploring the options to move towards improved pricing and the role of electronic road pricing (ERP), which are topical subjects around the world.
“ERP is receiving considerable attention at policy level, not just in the Asia-Pacific region, but internationally. Many of the ingredients necessary to facilitate the introduction of ERP and, more generally road pricing, are already present. Governments want to increase revenue, and planners and communities want to reduce traffic congestion and improve the environment. Advances in technology make ERP feasible, affordable and not necessarily invasive of privacy.” (Sayeg & Bray 1999)

To inform transport professionals on the latest international develop-ments, experience and expectations with ERP
- To outline the potential benefits and applicability and develop an agenda of practical steps to progress ERP in Australasia.

Who Should Attend:
- National, state and local transport agency staff, including - policy, strategy, operations (road, public transport and rail)
Non-government transport related organisations - motorist, freight, planning, environment
- Technology equipment and service providers - intelligent transport systems, communications
- Transport consultants Researchers and academics
- Financial institutions - international funding institutions, treasuries, financial institutions

Conference Organiser
Transport Roundtable Australasia (BN 16986076) supports the development of knowledge and expertise in transport policy and strategy and management through organising conferences, seminars and training courses and brings together experts to harness their knowledge and expertise in addressing challenges facing transport. The Directors of Transport Roundtable Australasia are Prof Phil Charles and Phil Sayeg.

Wednesday 12 April 2000

Session One - Opening Session / Welcome

Opening Remarks
Professor Phil Charles, Transport Roundtable Australasia, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Keynote Address
Stuart Hicks, Chairman National Road Transport Commission, Melbourne Victoria, Australia abstract
What is Road Pricing?
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  • Issues with the current system of road user charges
  • Congestion pricing versus road pricing
  • Different pricing depending on perspective: aggregate cost recovery; reduce traffic demand; as a broader transport policy instrument
  • Methods for implementation: vehicle taxation; fuel taxation; regulation of vehicle access and charging; electronic road pricing
Dr Mark Harvey, Deputy Executive Director Land & Environment, Bureau of Transport Economics, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia abstract

Session Two - Why do we need Road Pricing?

Regional perspective
  • Managing congestion against a background of increasing demand
  • Efficient use of infrastructure
  • Environmental concerns
  • Competing objectives: different transport trip types versus local amenity - freight transport, private transport, public transport, equity issues

Colin Jensen, Executive Director, Strategic Policy, Main Roads Brisbane Queensland, Australia abstract

Road users perspective
  • Current system of charges
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Options for rationalisation
  • Equity issues
  • Rural versus urban issues
  • ERP - privacy concerns
  • Cost of administration and operation

John Metcalfe, Assistant Director, Australian Automobile Association, Canberra ACT, Australiaabstract

Sustainable transport perspective
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  • Social and environmental impacts of increasing car use - global, local scale
  • Options for encouraging sustainable transport
  • Is public transport the answer?
  • Based on the report "Sustainable Transport: Responding to the Challenges" prepared by the Institution of Engineers Australia Sustainable Energy Transport Taskforce (Nov 99)

Piers Brogan, Business Sector Manager, PPK Environment & Infrastructure, Sydney NSW, Australia abstract

Session Three - Cases for and against Road Pricing

Alternative pricing models and economic policy case
  • Economically optimal road pricing: the benefits
  • Theory and practice
  • Practical options: congestion pricing and uniform pricing
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Driver perception and impact on benefits
  • Effect of implementation costs on net benefits of each option
  • Electronic road pricing's advantages
  • Overall impact on traffic demand

Alternative pricing models – David Bray, Director, Economic and Policy Services, Adelaide South Australia, Australia abstract
Economic policy case – Assoc Professor George Docwra, Department of Economics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia abstract

Mechanisms for transport infrastructure financing
Dr Alan Williams, Director (Transport Economics & Strategy), Queensland Transport, Brisbane Queensland, Australia abstract
World Bank experience
  • The new World Bank Urban Transport Strategy
  • Role of road pricing in developing countries
  • Bank's perspective on electronic road pricing

Edward Dotson, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank, Washington DC, USA abstract

Why Road Pricing in Australia - Contrasts with International Experience
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David Ashley, Principal, Sinclair Knight Merz Armadale Victoria, Australia

Session Four - International Perspectives
Developments, integration with transport policy; lessons learned/experience; future proposals

The Electronic Road Pricing System - Singapore's Experience
  • History of road pricing in Singapore - 1975 to 1990s
  • The previous Area Licensing Scheme (ALS) 1975 to 1998 and other demand management measures
  • The government White Paper on Land Transport Policy 1995
  • creation of Land Transport Authority
  • Why change to ERP?
  • ERP implementation issues
  • Social, environmental and industry impacts
  • Impact on public transport
  • Future directions

Dr Chin Kian Keong, Senior Manager, Public Transport & Road Pricing, Land Transport Authority, Singapore abstract

Electronic Road User Charging in the UK: What? Why? How? and When?
  • The new UK White Paper "A New Deal for Transport - better for everyone"
  • the first comprehensive transport policy for 30 years
  • Dealing with: integration of transport; education; health; environment; business and industry
  • Role of road user charges and ERP
  • Implementation: role of local government; marketing; new technologies; overall package of measures; progress to date.

Eric Sampson, Research Director, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, London, United Kingdom abstract

The Hong Kong ERP Trial
  • The 1980s ERP trial and outcomes
  • Why reconsider ERP?
  • Scope of the current ERP trial
  • Key issues
  • Government timetable

John Opiola, Wilbur Smith Associates, Project Manager of ERP Feasibility Study, Hong Kong, for Wilbur Smith and Hyder, 1997 to 2000, Hong Kong abstract

Experience in Denmark and present initiatives


  • Denmark's transport policy
  • Role of ERP
  • ERP Pilot Project
  • A distance based road pricing system

Jan Kildebogaard, Research Manager, Centre for Traffic and Transport Research, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark abstract

ERP's Relevance for Cities in the Asia - Pacific Region
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  • Asia - Pacific urban challenge
  • Developed and developing city transport needs
  • Institutional blockages and impact on traffic management
  • Unique characteristics of ERP which facilitates implementation
  • The potential role of ERP
  • Key requirements

Philip Sayeg, Director, Policy Appraisal Services Pty Ltd, Brisbane Queensland, Australia abstract

Thursday 13 April 2000

Session Five - Impact of ERP at the Local Level
Travel demand management, environment, planning, social & redistribution effects. Potential role for ERP in developed and developing countries.

What is the impact of ERP at the local level
  • Travel and environmental trends at local level
  • Emerging transport policy in cities
  • Promising Options
  • Role of travel demand management and ERP
  • Funding requirements
  • Institutional capacity
  • Political will
  • Effect of ERP on local competitiveness and livability
  • Different constituencies and their perspectives
  • Winners and losers
  • Impact on public transport
  • Promotion of public transport: bus priority etc

Peter Rufford, Program Manager. Australian Local Government Association, Canberra ACT, Australia abstract
David Overington, Senior Public Transport Consultant, PPK Environment and Infrastructure, Brisbane Queensland, Australia abstract

Public attitudes to road pricing and funding and the provision of transport services in Auckland, New Zealand
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  • Commissioned research work to determine understanding of the issues and their preferences towards what services should be provided, how they should be paid for and how they should be managed

Roger Matthews, Manager Public Transport Development, Auckland City Council abstract

Session Six - Technology Requirements for electronic road pricing
technology, communications, IT systems

Technology supplier perspectives
  • Role of Standards
  • Identifying market needs
  • Technology's role in meeting market needs
  • Off-the-shelf versus customised solutions
  • Integration including links to advance traveller information, smart card versatility
  • Contractual issues, system maintenance
  • Human resources and training
  • Remote area versus urban challenges
  • Monitoring, auditing and enforcement

Gregory Smith, Transit & Transport Solutions, Motherwell Information Systems, Perth, Western Australia abstract
Des Dent, Engineering Manager, Transcore Australia, Brisbane Queensland, Australia abstract
Dr Owen Mace, Aspect Computing, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia abstract

Technical project manager perspective
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  • Approach to Managing Technological, Economic, Legal and Social Constraints of ERP
  • Toll road experience and lessons for ERP

Michel Croc, Urban Solutions, Egis Group, France abstract

Session Seven - Road Pricing Issues
Packaging Road Pricing for Public Acceptance
  • Road Pricing of Value Motoring - a look at defining the purpose of your program objectives
  • Basic program elements
  • Purpose and steps in outlining the purpose of your program
  • Public acceptance measures
  • Creating a Public Dialog and various PR methodologies.

John Opiola, Wilbur Smith Associates, Project Manager of ERP Feasibility Study, Hong Kong, for Wilbur Smith and Hyder, 1997 to 2000, Hong Kong abstract

Public-private partnerships for ERP Development
  • Multiple objectives
  • Public interest versus return on investment
  • Capacity building
  • Risk management profile
  • Project management and coordination challenges
  • Identifying opportunities

Professor Phil Charles, Director Centre for Transport Strategy, University of Queensland, Brisbane Queensland, Australia abstract

Meeting Industry Needs - The Intelligent Vehicles Trial
Elizabeth Anderson, Manager, Land Transport Demand, Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources, Hobart Tasmania, Australia abstract
Infrastructure Financing and ERP
Cameron Robertson, Project Finance, Deutsche Bank AG, Sydney NSW, Australia abstract
Integrated communications and pricing
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  • ERP creates a new asset of identity and location in real time integration with transit provides very powerful cost reductions for transport provision, integration with parking systems generates further cost reductions and consumer benefits
  • ERP systems offer radical means of improving transport planning and person choice information
  • Auditability of data content

Professor Marcus Wigan, Transport Systems, Napier University, Edinburgh UK and Principal Oxford Systematics, Heidelberg Victoria, Australia abstract

Session Eight - Agenda Setting - what are the next steps?
Summary - lessons, issues, requirements, directions for future
Neil Doyle, General Manager (Strategic Policy and Development), Main Roads, Queensland, Australia
Panel session - national, state, local, user perspectives to outline a plan of action
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Barry Moore, National Road Transport Commission, Australia
Professor Ken Ogden, Royal Automobile Club, Victoria, Australia
Jack Opiola,
Wilbur Smith Associates, Project Manager of ERP Feasibility Study, Hong Kong, for Wilbur Smith and Hyder, 1997 to 2000, Hong Kong
Andrew Rooney, Transport South Australia
Eric Sampson, Research Director, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, London, United Kingdom

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