City tourism: Operators Update

Rome Update - 16 October

October 2018
Rome Update | New coach regulations in January 2019

Further to the October update issued 28th September, we have news regarding the coach regulations to be introduced in Rome from January 2019. A hearing at the TAR (Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale) in Rome took place on 10 October 2018 following a legal challenge to the proposals. The challenge failed on that occasion; the tribunal ruled that the new regulations may be introduced as planned in January 2019.

Our current understanding is that the decision will be appealed at a new hearing at the Supreme court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) in mid-November 2018, date still to be confirmed. We will follow developments closely and continue to gather information. We are in contact with Rome council as well as other stakeholders and members in Rome.

This week we will send out a short survey to members intended to help us paint a more accurate picture for policy makers of the travel trade volume and spend that is potentially at risk. This will give added weight to our lobbying efforts, and complement the previous survey which gave a strong indication of likely business displacement and practical challenges arising from the proposed scheme.

As mentioned in previous Operator Updates, official information should be made public on Roma Mobilita’s webpage. Roma Mobilita have informed us that operational information will soon be available on this page in both Italian and English. If you have any comments or questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us on policy@etoa.org.

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