In this paper, a summary of the discussions on road pricing held at the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) Round Table on Transport Economics, Paris 1989, is presented. Discussions were held on: the various applications of road pricing; private and public financing of infrastructure; traffic management; the role of road pricing as a congestion tax; the internalization of external costs; harmonization of charges where there is competition; and the guiding of demand where necessary. The consensus of opinion of the ECMT Round Table, was that road pricing should be viewed as one of a set of measures to decrease congestion, including improvements to public transport, and that any charging system should generate revenue to improve the urban environment. Experiences from the member countries in using charging systems, including electronic payment systems are also briefly reviewed.


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  • Accession Number: 00606368
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM