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Road Network Operations
& Intelligent Transport Systems
A guide for practitioners!
Electronic Payment Systems (EPS) are now widely used for a variety of transport applications. For example:
EPS offers major advantages over cash payment:
EPS already plays an important part in the development of integrated transport policies (See Policy Framework Analysis). The planning of individual EPS schemes requires:
The harmonisation and interoperability of electronic payment systems can support the development of multi-modal, integrated transport – but there are significant challenges in integrating payment systems and data exchange between separate organisations. Essential factors that need to be addressed when implementing EPS across multiple services include:
All EPS require efficient and effective Back-Office arrangements to:
EPS is a powerful way of introducing travel demand management and other transport, social and environmental policy objectives – such as selective charging of HGVs which cause disproportionate damage to the roads compared to other vehicles. In the long-term, as public acceptance of EPS grows, its use could be extended to other areas. For example EPS could be used to replace taxes on vehicle ownership and usage (such as fuel tax) with charges that vary according to the time, distance travelled and the places where a vehicle is driven (See Future Trends). Videos: How Electronic Tolling Works and Interoperable Electronic Toll Collection( ETC) on NH-8