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.
|NOVEMBER 2016 SESSION DOCUMENTATION
PANNELISTS AND PAPERS
Dirk-Jan DE BRUIJN
Marco PONTI Blog
Libor LOCHMAN Bio
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PARTICIPANTS
Best practices competition roundtables
Documents by the OECD International Transport Forum