Road pricing: the case of the Netherlands

In 2004, the then Netherlands Minister of Transport created a platform (ABvM) to investigate the level of support for various road charging schemes among public and private organisations. The recommendation made by this ABvM platform was to have a system based on a per kilometre charge for kilometres driven by cars, combined with a congestion surcharge levied along congested section of the road network. One of the considerations for further research was to define the environmental criteria of the flat kilometre price. Another important aspect of this system is that it is intended to be budget neutral; that is the revenue collected from this charging scheme should be offset by a reduction in the taxes paid by vehicle owners on the purchase of their vehicles and as road taxes. Finally, the revenue collected from this system are to be earmarked for investments in road infrastructure. Concurrently, the Platform recommended that the system of road management is to be changed in ways that directly links revenues from road pricing to road management bodies. Despite the elaborate attempts to forge consensus and arrive at a charging scheme that is palatable to most stakeholders, the resulting consensus among the sixteen members of the ABvM Platform is still fragile at best.


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  • Accession Number: 01382622
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  • Source Agency: ARRB
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  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 1:24PM