Abstract:This chapter discusses the core challenges for the regulation of local transport in Italy, including the general structure, the role of subsidies and the impact of EU regulations. A number of comparisons with other European countries are performed. The chapter presents the drivers for regulatory reform in local public transports, as well as the limits to the reforms. The regulatory framework of a set of selected Italian regions is presented in further detail, in terms of its interaction with the national level, the policies for minimum services, planning for services and investment, as well as implications from a competition perspective. The chapter also covers strategies to regulate service quality, as well as the role for consultation and regulatory impact analysis on policy development in this sector. Finally, the issues of the co‐ordination within integrated transport systems are considered. A brief introduction to the Italian 2006 taxi reform is also presented.
Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: February 1, 2010