www.curacaoproject.eu                      CURACAO - coordination of urban road-user charging organisational issues                   Funded by the EU

Road Pricing Context

OBJECTIVES

SCHEME DESIGN

TECHNOLOGY

BUSINESS SYSTEMS

Prediction

PREDICTION

TRAFFIC EFFECTS

ENVIRONMENT

ECONOMY

EQUITY

Appraisal

APPRAISAL

Decision Making

ACCEPTABILITY

TRANSFERABILITY

Implementation and Evaluation

EVALUATION

IMPLEMENTATION

Case Studies

Bergen

Bologna

Bristol

Cambridge

Durham

Dutch National Case

Edinburgh

London

Manchester

Milan

Nord-Jaeren

Oslo

Rome

Stockholm

The Hague

Trondheim



Urban Road User Charging Online Knowledge Base

Technology Used

The main idea was to apply and test existing and new traffic detection techniques. In brief, the technical side of the project consisted in:

  • Detecting car movements (OBU devices and camera systems);
  • Storing, filtering and accessing information about car movements, participants, bonuses, etc. (data structure and database);
  • Providing information to participants as well as to project groups, and communicating within the project and with the participants (website design);
  • Collecting information about the participants’ travel decisions (logbooks);
  • Providing the participants with traffic information (travel times on the A12 from Zoetermeer towards The Hague, using Yeti smart phones).

An EVI (Electronic Vehicle Identification) system was implemented for the first time in The Netherlands in order to signal and register the participating vehicles. The EVI system performed very well: a score of 99.81% was achieved on a total of 31,585 EVI readings.

A number plate recognition camera was installed at every EVI location to record the number plate of each vehicle passing by. The camera compensated for any unsuccessful EVI registrations and thereby reduced the chance of missed registrations to nearly zero. Moreover:

  • The cameras detected all vehicles passing along the road. In order to avoid participants to use family second car and thus collect a reward while travelling during rush-hours, also the number plate of all the others family cars were registered.
  • The cameras detected all traffic and thus also measured the volumes of total traffic, which, as an additional analysis, could be used to calibrate the participants behavioural changes.

Because the EVI registration covered only four possible routes, it was necessary to identify other alternative routes from Zoetermeer towards The Hague. One of the solutions was to place additional mumber plate recognition camera systems on these routes and to identify participants trying to evade the EVI detection system.

The Spitsmijden website was used for both the internal and the external communications and was therefore an essential part of the trial. On this website, each participant had to fill in a logbook daily. The logbooks were used for analysis and compared with the detected movements.

Participants with a Yeti smart phone disposed of a website that had been customized for the trial. In this way, they were able to see the actual travel times in minutes between Zoetermeer and Prins Clausplein in The Hague. The idea was that they would have to use this information for their travel decisions.