At this year's SITL show in Paris, PTV Group received the 13th Innovation Award in the category "The Best Innovation Product" for its cutting-edge product development in the field of road toll and French Ecotax.
PTV toll scenarios and Ecotax calculation
The PTV Group now provides new tools for the calculation of road toll and tax on the basis of the rates applicable at the time of transport. This functionality has also been developed for the calculation of the Ecotax, the new environmental tax which is scheduled to be introduced in France on 1 October 2013. PTV has created a "toll scenario" for each European road toll and/or tax system which includes all calculation parameters. Depending on the desired date of transport, the scheduler is now provided with precise information on the new toll fees and the HGV Ecotax per kilometre. At the same time he can analyse their impact on the transport costs.
In recent years, several European countries, such as France, Poland and Czech Republic, have announced the introduction of new toll systems or the expansion of current systems (e.g. in Germany). "In order to enable our customers to anticipate cost increases, we have developed a tool which calculates the rates applicable at the date chosen by the scheduler," explains Marc Dalbard, Marketing Director, Loxane.
The innovation primarily refers to the toll and ecotax calculation functionality in combination with a specific date. It enables the scheduler to enter a date for a transport run which is scheduled after the official start of the Ecotax in order to calculate the HGV tax applicable at this period of time. Another innovative aspect is PTV's proactive approach: 18 months before the introduction of the system, the company integrated a first version of the ecotax scenario and developed a scenario which is updated with each release of a new calculation parameter. The last Ecotax scenario was created in September 2012 (version 7). The update (version 8) will be available a few days after the publication of the latest calculation methods in the Official Gazette of France (Journal Officiel).
"This prize is a great anniversary gift for our company celebrating its 20th anniversary and a recognition for PTV's innovative spirit and effort to provide its logistics customers with the best solutions for route planning and trip optimisation," concludes Maxime Bellemin, President of Loxane, PTV's French subsidiary.
This functionality is integrated into all PTV software solutions:
- PTV Map&Guide
- for transport route planning
- PTV Smartour
- for transport optimisation
- PTV xServer for the integration of geographical and logistical software components