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1 inter-regional road charging project in Belgium
State of play of inter-regional road charging project in Belgium Technical market consultation Brussels, 10 September 2012 Per Posma, Programme Manager Inter-Regional Project Management Office for Road Charging

2 Background Belgium is a small country with large transit of Heavy Goods Vehicles: Logistics hub with Ports of Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Ghent, Express distribution (TNT Hub Liège-Bierset, …), inland waterways, rail Ultra-dense road network (57,8 km highway per 1000 km²) Central location in the EU Large population of passenger cars: 5,8 million lights vehicles registered (11 million residents in the country) Heavy tourist traffic in holiday seasons (north- south EU)

3 Background Road charging is competence of the Regions in Belgium.
Political Agreement between Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels Capital Region - to reform road taxes (21 January 2011): Introduction of a kilometre-based intelligent road charge for trucks exceeding 3,5 tonnes, in 2013 Introduction of an electronic road vignette for passenger cars, in 2013 Co-ordinated reform of tax regime for vehicles Circulation Tax (VKB / TC) and Registration Tax (BIV / TMC) Planning has been reviewed: end of project 2015, operational early 2016

4 Preparation of decisions Administrative Committee
Governance model Decisions Gov. Flemish Region Gov. Walloon Region Gov. Brussels Region Political Committee representatives of 15 cabinets from the three Regions Preparation of decisions Covering all aspects of project (DBFMO model): Technical Legal Financial Administrative Committee Representatives from relevant administrations from the three Regions Project Management Office Co-ordination Technical/Financial /legal expertise Communication Consultant Experts from Regions

5 Basic principles of system
Core of the “Kilometre charge” for Heavy Goods Vehicles: System based on GNSS and mobile communications technology Self-installable OBU for both national and foreign users Applicable to at least all Eurovignette roads, other roads can be added per Region Belgium (the regions) will exit Eurovignette system Core of the “Road Vignette” for Light Vehicles: System based on Electronic Vignette, enforced by ANPR Reform of road taxes based on environmental parameters of vehicle Tests to assess feasability of Kilometre Charge for Light Vehicles

6 Basic principles of system
Business and Organization model: Creation of an interregional entity One SSP for the three regions both for the kilometer charge and the road vignette Monitored through interregional entity Legal framework and tendering procedure : Negotiation procedure leading to the tendering procedure Legislative procedures: duration 15 months

7 Basic principles of system
Key Performance Indicators: Compensation SSP: availability based compensation payments - fixed and variable components Based on the performance level penalties may be imposed Measure performance through data mining The SSP reports to the interregional entity about the agreed KPIs and performance requirements. Contract Issues : DBFMO contract: over a period of 1,5 – 2 years of construction, plus a fixed operational phase of 12 years following the Availability Date Extendable by 3 periods of 1 year Debt for the project has to remain ESR neutral

8 Market Consultation Preliminary Architecture will be subject to scrutiny by potential suppliers and service providers: Regions will ask industry representatives who wish to do so, to provide information on financial, technical and legal feasibility of ideas proposed in Preliminary Architecture Information gathered during Market Consultation will be fed into the process of drafting the Final Architecture and Tender Document No discrimination: every useful comment from industry will be welcome.

9 Technical preparation
Program schedule Definition Phase Consul- tation Phase Technical preparation Legal work Tender Implementation Political Agreement 21/01/2011 Vision Document 03/2011 Start Pre-Study Fairway 08/2011 Preliminary Architecture Consultations Final Architecture Tender documents Contract with SSP Start construction Operational Phase 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4

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