The paper examines the theoretical basis of road user charges and then analyses the recent New Zealand scheme and the proposed swats scheme in western Australia. The study reviews major theoretical contributions from the viewpoint of economic efficiency and highlights the decidedly different views which exist for even the simple case of uncongested roads. The major role of the aims and objectives of policy makers is highlighted also. The New Zealand scheme is seen to be relatively refined and to have the potential to reflect accurately road user costs. Its weakness is seen to be not in its technology for charging but in the way costs are derived and allocated. The swats scheme is considered better in this latter respect but less effective in its charging mechanisms. The paper concludes by stressing the important link between pricing and investment strategies and the need to place analysis and prescription in the context of study aims and objectives. /TRRL/

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 3-17
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  • Accession Number: 00303503
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-033 447
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 20 1980 12:00AM