PAYING FOR PROGRESS

The article summarises the findings of the Chartered Institute of Transport report on road pricing. The theoretical justification for selective road pricing is widely accepted, but there are doubts about the feasibility. Criteria which need to be taken into account when designing a scheme are identified and the two basic options for electronic road pricing are discussed: automatic vehicle identification, operated by an electronic number plate with a billing system, and pre-paid cards from which a value is deducted through an on-board meter in the vehicle when it is driven in the control area. Both systems could be run in common and the users should be able to choose which suits them best. It is suggested that a London scheme should apply out to and include the M25 orbital motorway although much travel within the area would be free or at a low rate. Benefits from such a scheme are estimated to be greater than 400m a year. Road pricing should not be treated as a tax, its proceeds should be used to improve roads, transport and the related environment in the control area. It is recommended that road pricing should be introduced in London by the mid-1990s. (TRRL)

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    City Press Limited

    Fairfax House
    Colchester, Essex CO1 1RJ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1990-4

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 76-7,79
  • Serial:
    • Transport (London)
    • Volume: 11
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: City Press Limited
    • ISSN: 0144-3453

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00609631
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM