The role of public authorities

Public authorities play different roles when it comes to the interaction with private mobility providers. They set the rules (regulatory authority), determine what solutions contribute to the public good (evaluator) and may stimulate/facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship. There is a fine line between taking too much control (which might lead to scaring actors away), and taking too little control (which might lead to an unmanageable amount of different vehicle in the city).

Public authorities therefore wonder what role to take-on when it comes to interacting with solution providers.

DISCUSSION

"Do no set everything in stone - put it in clay and set a deadline to revisit the results/outcomes. Kick the providers out when they do not comply."

- Nico Larco, University of Oregon and Urbanism Next

Piia KarjalainenMaaS Alliance, Ertico


In my opinion, it's always the city who should be able to define the strategy for its territory and, and somehow dominate that discussion. In Los Angeles, they focus on basic attributes naming it freedom to get around, freedom from disruption, freedom from harm, freedom to connect, and freedom from exploration. What is important here is that they have made it very user-centric. What many cities evaluate is:

  • The sustainability and inclusivity of equity (e.g. reduction in emissions, pollution, noise and congestion)

  • Whether it increases the use of public transport, walking- and cycling tours

  • The cost

  • Space and infrastructure needed for the different solutions

There should be a shared understanding on the rules for market entry and market exclusion. How do we address issues as a public authority? What process do we follow? That needs to be clear to the companies.

What makes areas attractive is expectancy and fairness. What are the outcomes the public authorities expect to reach with the participation of the private providers. The KPIs should be simple and relevant. They should be tied to a number of wanted public policy outcomes. There must be certainty on the market rules to provide private actors confidence that their investment in the market will be worth it.

Philippe CristInternational Transport Forum


Nico LarcoUniversity of Oregon and Urbanism Next

Dealing with this is not only a functional question, it is also a communications question. How do you communicate to the citizens what options there are and what is safe? As opposed to only trying to get the service out there - it is a combined effort.

Stijn VernaillenAntwerp

Dealing with this is not only a functional question, it is also a communications question. How do you communicate to the citizens what options there are and what is safe? As opposed to only trying to get the service out there - it is a combined effort.