AN ANALYSIS OF ROAD EXPENDITURES AND PAYMENTS BY VEHICLE CLASS (1956-1975)

This paper addresses the question of whether over the past twenty years payments made by road users have been sufficient to match the expenditures made on their behalf for road systems. The results suggest that, in aggregate, payments by road users have not been sufficient to meet expenditures for roads. When allual fees and payments are allocated in proportion to vehicle miles of travel and added to receipts from use-related taxes, it is found that for urban roads, payments have more than met expenditures. Rural road payments, on the other hand, have been will below expenditures. Analysis of time trends suggests that these discrepancies have grown progressively. The analysis further suggests that the expenditures occasioned by individual vehicle classes account for less than one quarter of total program expenditures; the remainder should be considered common to all vehicle classes. Comparison of payments and occasioned expenditures by vehicle class shows that payments by light vehicles (Automobiles and light trucks) and medium vehicles (medium trucks and buses) have been much greater than the expenditures occasioned by each. It is shown that for ehavy vehicles (heavy trucks), payments over the twenty years failed to meet occasioned expenditures for rural roads and just barely met expenditures for all roads taken together. Only on urban roads were payments significntly greater than occasioned expenditures. In recent years, however, payments by heavy vehicles on both rural and urban roads (and hence on all roads) have been greater than occasioned expenditures (Author)

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    Urban Institute

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  • Authors:
    • Bhatt, K
    • Beesley, M
    • Neels, K
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 282 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00316680
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UI 5044-7
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM