The Socio-Economic Impacts of Road Pricing

The need to describe the socio-economic impacts of road pricing was acknowledged in the Conference of European Directors of Roads' (CEDR’s) first strategic plan. The objective of this study is to respond to this need and describe the socio-economic impacts of road pricing in a simple and graphic way. The method used is causal chains. According to this method, impacts are traced from state changes resulting from measures to impacts that can be measured. The intention of this study is not to present estimates regarding the amount of the impacts. Practical examples are presented alongside the causal chains, which help to provide a concrete example of the causal-chain analysis. The impacts of road pricing are materially connected to pricing objectives, the impacts of pricing on equity, and the acceptability of pricing to citizens, companies, and political decision-makers. The objectives set for road pricing often concern desired impacts. By comparing the objectives with the forecast/realised impacts, it is possible to evaluate the efficiency of pricing. Equity is about distributing impacts between various economic actors. The impacts on equity can be undesirable if the pricing places stress on a group that is already in a weaker position. Equity, other expected impacts, and impacts that are experienced after road pricing is introduced are some of the numerous factors affecting the acceptability of road pricing.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 53p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01538149
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 2009/03
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2014 5:27PM