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SPICE: The Role of Public Authorities in setting up Mobility as a Service

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18-05-2017
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SPICE is a Horizon2020 project led by Copenhagen which assists public authorities or transport operators in procuring innovative mobility solutions. It helps public procurers to use smart procurement to facilitate a faster adoption of innovative sustainable transport and mobility solutions by building a stakeholder network of public procurers and industry, collecting and disseminating best practices, facilitating dialogues between public procurers and industry, developing recommendations to assist public procurers in on-going procurements, organising training and capacity building and forming common buyer groups.

Since Mobility as a Service is one of the key transport innovations in recent years, the SPICE consortium organised a workshop on 10 April 2017 in Vienna by inviting local suppliers of MaaS to present their technical solutions and business models. The aim was to better understand the current trends of MaaS and its potential to radically improve transport services in order to help public authorities develop adequate transport policies and better understand the financial implications. The workshop consisted of a number of presentations from public authorities and companies, which were followed by a roundtable discussion.

The conclusions from the workshop highlight the need for closer links between implementation of MaaS and transport policy objectives, and for more research into potential impacts on MaaS for policy makers. While many public authorities see MaaS as a clear trend going forward, implementing MaaS has rarely been addressed by local or national transport policies.

Perhaps surprisingly no cities, including those who have MaaS in operation or are planning to implement MaaS, have yet integrated MaaS within their overall transport, environment and energy policies. The promotion and communication of MaaS mainly originates from MaaS providers, and, as such, is not always evidence-based, but rather driven by commercial interest. Therefore, public authorities are not well informed about various scenarios and impacts. This could be addressed by designing a check list for public authorities with criteria which would allow them to verify if MaaS services are in line with the overall cities sustainability objectives and service goals.

The full report of the workshop can be downloaded via the link below:

http://spice-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/04/Report-from-workshop-3.pdf

For more information on the project, please visit www.spice-project.eu