An analysis by the Mobility-as-a-Service Alliance provides an insight into the rights and obligations of private actors and public transport authorities and operators.
A study to help support development of mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) by improving the common understanding of the legal framework and roles of public and private partners in MaaS implementations has been released.
Commissioned by the MaaS Alliance, the study focuses on market access and competition issues related to MaaS in the context of European Union (EU) law.
According to the alliance, there have been many different local interpretations and these uncertainties in the legal framework have held up market access and provision of MaaS services in European cities.
“There is a need for clarification of the regulatory framework in place today in Europe when we look at supporting the implementation of new mobility solutions and services,” said Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of Ertico and president of the MaaS Alliance.
“This study gives an insight into the rights and obligations of public and private players. We hope that it will support authorities, operators and service providers when creating new advanced mobility services. We believe that the study will strengthen the development of open MaaS ecosystems and encourage the generation of new public-private partnerships.”
The study focused on several issues such as whether public transport authorities and/or operators are permitted to extend their services to include MaaS service offerings and what regulatory provisions need to be taken into account.
“There is a need for clarification of the regulatory framework in place today in Europe when we look at supporting the implementation of new mobility solutions and services”
It also explores whether there is any EU legislation that would restrict European public transport authorities/operators from offering all of their tickets to end-users through MaaS operators. And raises the issue of whether the public transport authority’s/operator’s liability for damages towards travellers have to remain the same, as well as whether anything changes if the ticket is purchased directly from a MaaS operator instead of the public transport provider.
The issues were analysed with regard to the relevant EU regulatory framework in force, namely EU transport legislation, competition law, state aid law, and public procurement and data protection legislation.
The study notes that public transport operators (PTOs) or authorities are able to extend their scope and become a MaaS operator, but there is a lot to take into account before doing so.
Competition law, pricing and providing equal access to all services is something that will have to be closely examined in order to avoid possible market disturbances.
Another key finding is that MaaS operators must be able to access the same deals concerning tickets and services, such as mobile tickets and monthly tickets as the ones offered to end-users by public transport operators.
When defining the price of public transport tickets paid by MaaS operators, the PTOs should apply similar pricing principles as the ones applied to their own distribution channels.
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