ROAD PRICING: SOME FURTHER COMMENTS

This paper extends the discussion of certain problems associated with road pricing raised in an earlier contribution to this journal. Firstly it is shown that where the value of time varies between different groups of traffic using the same congested road, optimal road pricing requires price discrimination between the groups such that those with the lowest value of time pay the highest charge and suffer the greatest losses. However, a uniform price based on an "equity" value of time would reduce the relative distributional effects. Secondly the paper takes up the suggestion that queueing (and by extension congestion) may be positively helpful in the allocation of resources and shows that this is not in general correct although there are situations in which the use of queueing alongside conventional pricing may have a role to play. Finally it is argued that governments' apparent lack of enthusiasm for road pricing stems as much from political considerations as the more technical problems of applying it. (Author/TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • ELSE, P K
  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Accession Number: 00385698
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 30 1984 12:00AM