The need for heavy vehicles in Europe to pay road tax where they drive instead of where the vehicle is registered, combined with the possibilities offered by new technologies triggered the start of the Tango Collect project to explore the new options between the years 2004-2005. In Tango Collect the idea was born to create an arena for consolidating the overall knowledge within road user charging. This later became the ARENA project, whose first phase started in 2006. ARENA with its interaction between industry, researchers and authorities had the specific objective of developing a concept for a road user charging system for heavy goods vehicles in Sweden.
The second phase, finalized in the beginning of 2011, had the purpose to validate the concept in practise. Several road user charging suppliers were invited and successfully demonstrated the concept in practise. This was one of the first demonstrations of the EETS concept.
The third phase of ARENA is now underway. NetPort.Karlshamn is the project manager in collaboration with Blekinge Institute of Technology. The Swedish Transport Administration, Swedish Transport Agency, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems and Region of Blekinge are funding the project. A large number of agencies, organizations and companies from different parts of the world are involved in the ARENA project, which thus perform its function on a national and an international level.