Competition

Competition and innovation in land transport

 

The dynamics of competition in land transport are about to undergo significant changes. Increasing digitalisation is changing the way transport services are offered. ‘Intelligent Transport Systems' are being developed in which information and communication technologies are applied to transport, including infrastructure and vehicles, traffic management, and interfaces between road and other modes of transport. In road transport, these developments will lead to increasing automation, vehicle-sharing, and electrification. In rail, the adoption of digital technologies, particularly when coupled with location data, will yield a much more efficient use of railways and significantly reduce their cost.

Competition agencies are likely to face a number of challenges brought by these developments in both passenger and freight markets. Technological changes may: change market dynamics and create new markets; lead to mergers between traditional market players and new entrants; enhance the pro-competitive effects of co-operation arrangements between transportation companies, and between transportation companies and public authorities; generate incentives for beleaguered incumbents to engage in anticompetitive practices and lobby for protectionist measures; and result in the obsolescence of regulations, particularly those that impede beneficial innovations favoured by consumers from entering the market. This provides an opportunity for competition agencies to intervene through their enforcement and advocacy powers in order to promote greater competition and maximise consumer welfare. In November 2016, the OECD held a roundtable discussion on the topic. 

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» Detailed summary of the discussion

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NOVEMBER 2016 SESSION DOCUMENTATION

KEY DOCUMENTS

Background note by the Secretariat • Note de référence du Secrétariat

Executive summary with key findings Synthèse avec points clés de la discussion

Detailed summary of the discussion Compte rendu détaillé

 

PANNELISTS AND PAPERS 

Dirk-Jan DE BRUIJN
Director, Traffic Innovation Centre 

Marco PONTI Blog
Professor of Economics, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy presenting
Transport innovation and economic regulation: A complex relationship

André SCHWÄMMLEIN
Founder and Managing director, Flixbus 

Libor LOCHMAN Bio
Executive Director, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies 
 

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PARTICIPANTS

Summaries of all written contributions

 

Brazil

Denmark

Finland

France

Italy

Russia

Singapore

Spain

Sweden

Turkey

United States

EXPERT PRESENTATIONS


Dirk-Jan de BRUIJN - Traffic Innovation Centre 

 
 

  


André SCHWÄMMLEIN - Flixbus

 
RELATED MATERIAL  

Best practices competition roundtables

Competition issues in road transport, 2000

Structural reform in the rail industry, 2005

Recent developments in rail transportation systems, 2013

Methods for allocating contracts for the provision of regional and local transportation services, 2013

Taxi services regulation and competition, 2007

 

Access the full list of Competition Policy Roundtables

Link to the  OECD Competition Home Page

Documents by the OECD International Transport Forum

App-based ride and taxi services – Principles for regulation, 2016

Data driven transport policy, 2016

Shared mobility - Innovation for liveable cities, 2016

International experiences on public transport provision in rural areas, 2015

Automated and autonomous driving: Regulation under uncertainty, 2015

Urban mobility system upgrade – How shared self-driving cars could change city traffic, 2015

 

 

 

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