Introduction to Congestion Charging: A Guide for Practitioners in Developing Cities

In Beijing, more than five million cars cause severe local air pollution and traffic congestion as well as increasing parking problems and accident costs. In addition, transport greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have become a key challenge for sustainable development in the PRC and on a global level. Neither roadway expansion nor the development of new car technologies alone can solve these problems; in fact, these strategies often reduce one problem but increase others. Transport Demand Management (TDM) offers sustainable solutions which help achieve multiple planning objectives. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the Beijing Municipal Commission for Transport (BMCT) the Beijing Transport Research Center (BTRC) and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) implement the Sino-German project ‘Transport Demand Management in Beijing’. The project aims to build capacities in the Beijing municipal authorities, to quantify and model the impact and benefits of various TDM strategies. In 2013 and 2014, the project supported local partners in Beijing to explore scenarios for introducing congestion charging. This guide reflects lessons learnt from this exercise. Contents include: Political and public concerns; Policy design process; Model based design of charging policies; Equity, exemptions and revenue use; Charging technologies; and Ten recommendations for congestion charging.

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    • © 2015 Dirk van Amelsfort, Asian Development Bank and GIZ
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    Asian Development Bank

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    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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  • Authors:
    • van Amelsfort, Dirk
  • Publication Date: 2015


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  • Pagination: 58p

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  • Created Date: Jul 9 2015 9:30AM