The inner urban area in Treviso is negatively affected by the common practice of private car use, partly encouraged by the large number of car parks in the centre (a reduction in which would be strongly opposed by users and business owners). Like in most urban centres, mass motorisation has always severely limited the development of public transport and, as a result, public transport has never been able to compete, from a quality perspective, with private car use.

Despite the current efforts by the local public transport operator and the enormous progress made, there is still a great deal of cultural resistance (for instance, shopkeepers) to limiting car circulation in the inner city centre and more environmentally fragile urban areas. For this and other reasons buses are still chosen above all by people who do not have their own car: students, the elderly, immigrants.

Based on this, the effort to reduce car circulation and improve the level of Public Transport system and its integration with other mobility systems (bicycle, the most important) is part of an overall policy of the Municipality of Treviso towards the achievement of a more sustainable urban mobility system. Instrumental to this, a number of policy lines have been defined and part of these are assumed by the PERHT project as a background for the planned measures and service demonstration:

  1. reduce the impacts of car traffic by improved management of parking services and implementation of flexible parking schemes as an instrument to support sustainable mobility policy objectives;
  2. provide efficient integration of parking services with public transport and other collective mobility services;
  3. encourage and support citizens and travellers to shift from car to a number of alternative, attractive individual and collective sustainable mobility services;
  4. reduce the impacts of commercial traffic (city goods distribution) by providing dedicated parking facilities (e.g.freight load/unload areas with dynamic reservation, micro-hub services, etc.) for last mile operations and betterintegration of city logistics in the overall urban mobility management scheme.
  5. promote and incentivate the take up of electric mobility for both people and goods.