ROAD PRICING SYSTEM IN THE SPANISH INTERURBAN ROAD NETWORK; ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Increasing investments in new infrastructure in recent years in Spain have fed the debate about the suitability of the current tax system and about the introduction of new charging systems based on telematic toll technologies. This paper presents a brief description of the main theoretical results defining the road charging systems. Also, a methodology is used to allocate the road track costs among the principal types of vehicles. This technique considers only the building and maintenance or repairing costs, leaving out possible externalities. Additionally, taxes per vehicle are calculated in order to obtain the individual charges per vehicle. Therefore, the ratios of tax/cost illustrate the current situation of road charging in Spain. The results are modified with the introduction of the externalities provoked by accidents and pollution. Problems to obtain a reliable estimation of congestion and environmental costs in the Spanish road system, besides the difficulties to allocate these costs, advise not to introduce this type of externality. New tax/cost ratios are calculated. In the final section, new charge systems based on telematic systems are proposed. The new systems reduce the problems mentioned considerably. A brief description of a system using smart cards or tags will analyze the advantages in order to provide charges per vehicle according to costs provoked by each vehicle.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
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  • Authors:
    • CANTOS, P
    • PEREIRA, R
    • Kiosseoglou, A
    • POVEDA, J
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 1304

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723391
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 3
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 16 1996 12:00AM