It is obviously difficult to
summarise 40 years of the Association's activities over the
past 30 years in a few lines or pages and hence we have sought
to do so in a general, but not generic, manner.
The Association's primary task is to open a window on toll
motorways for both the current and potential users and those
who are responsible for providing and regulating this service
(the granting authority).
The preparation of timely and accurate statistics and of
the sector's results is undoubtedly one of the best known
and appreciated aspects; about 100 issues have been published
to date of the Association's newsletter "AISCAT
Informazioni", which has constantly informed readers of
the development of motorway mobility and its specific features
and it also provides stimuli for reflection and news.
In addition to the newsletter, AISCAT deals with a wide
range of other contributions: hearings, debates, conferences,
participating in commissions and organisations.
Much work has also been carried out on the cultural level
to ensure that the concept of "concession" and hence of "toll"
have an apolitical colouring and thus overcome the various
kinds of resistance encountered.
Important initiatives have also been undertaken at international
level: AISCAT was the driving force behind the agreement and
convergence of interests between all the European
concessionaires of toll motorways which, since they had
drawn on the Italian model for their birth and growth, share
its objectives as well.
The upshot was the creation of SECAP (European Secretariat
of Motorway and Toll Concessionaires) in 1973. SECAP has since
grown via its study days and committees to become a fully-blooded
whose members include some European
Union countries or some other which will become part of
it. The Association members manage over 25.000 kms of toll
This has endowed the Association with a more incisive presence
in European institutions; we refer in particular to the European
Union, its Parliament
which, together to its Directorates General, are concerned
with the issue of mobility and granting.
AISCAT has in fact participated both directly and through
in European projects for the sector, exporting the valuable
construction and above all management, experience it has acquired
in forty years of motorway management with particular reference
to advanced toll management systems.