The aim of the study was to assess the current status of ITS development in Latvia and provide substantiated recommendations for the coordinated deployment of ITS services of national significance and their interface with other modes of transport, and to then identify which projects are needed to ensure the coordinated development of ITS in Latvia (establish a preferred national framework).
The first part of the study comprised a review of literature and online sources and interviews carried out with stakeholders. This study looked at the global ITS sector, the harmonised deployment of ITS in the EU, other countries’ experiences in deploying ITS measures and trends in Latvia’s ITS sector to date.
The second part of the study included key aspects of deploying ITS services in Latvia, made recommendations for Latvia’s ITS strategy, defining possible objectives for Latvia’s ITS strategy and services to be rolled out as a priority, formulating proposals for a plan to deploy Latvia’s ITS strategy and defining legal, organisational and technological measures for the deployment of ITS over a five-year period in the light of the formulations of the ITS Directive.
The study makes recommendations on implementing various types of activities designated as priorities under the ITS Directive:
- the provision of EU-wide multimodal travel information services;
- the provision of EU-wide real-time traffic information services;
- data and procedures for the provision, where possible, of road-safety-related minimum universal traffic information free of charge to users;
- the provision of information services for safe and secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles.
The study made recommendations for the priority implementation of the following projects:
1. Development and deployment of technical ITS solutions:
1.1. Development and deployment of a national access point (NAP);
1.2. Development and deployment of information systems (IS) for the provision of ITS services;
1.2.1. Development and deployment of IS for the provision of law enforcement ITS services; 1.2.2. The creation of IS for public transport management and for the provision of ITS services relating to route planning;
1.2.3. The creation of IS for the provision of ITS services relating to infrastructure planning and management.
2. The development of the legal, methodological and organisational guidelines needed for effective interinstitutional cooperation:
2.1. Preparation of new legislation and amendment of existing legislation to define obligations, liability and the distribution of roles in the provision, management and monitoring of ITS services;
2.2. Preparation of the methodological framework for effective ITS management in Latvia (requirements for ITS services, data exchange standards, key performance indicators (KPIs) and the like);
2.3. The decision-making structures needed for effective interinstitutional cooperation.
3. Strengthening of institutional capacity for the development and delivery of ITS services: 3.1. Strengthening of institutional capacity for the development of ITS services, organisation of study visits and knowledge exchange measures (such as ITS conferences); 3.2.Improvement of the infrastructure, equipment and capabilities of the traffic information centre run by Latvijas Valsts ceļi, the State-owned public limited liability company responsible for managing State highway infrastructure.