Urban transport challenge: a discussion paper on a role for road pricing in the Australian context

This discussion paper considers the potential role for a national road pricing scheme in Australia. It considers how reform of transport taxation could both act as a transport management tool and assist Australia to fund its next generation of public transport and road projects. This paper considers whether road pricing can change the game in Australia. Under the status quo, Australia faces an array of inconsistent fees, taxes and charges that contribute to the cost and complexity of transport, without encouraging behavioural change to meet economic, social and environmental goals. This research discusses how a national road access pricing regime, coupled with substantial taxation reform, might replace existing registration, licensing and fuel excises. Through a sound scheme design, a national road pricing scheme could deliver a fairer, more balanced system that would see high-end road users pay more and those who access roads less frequently, or during periods of low demand, pay less than they do under the status quo.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 88p

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  • Accession Number: 01382409
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 1:17PM