This paper presents some results of the EU-funded EUROPRICE project, which aimed to examine the potential user response to distance-based and time-based road pricing in several European cities. It focuses on the results for Dublin, and especially on the mini-road-pricing trial involving 23 volunteers. EUROPRICE included both demonstration and modelling to evaluate user response to road pricing, and establish the impact on traffic demand and the likely impact on energy usage. An in-car unit (ICU) was designed specifically for the project, as a programmable display and data logging instrument, which was programmed to log trip data and display road-use costs. It can apply distance-based and time-based road pricing, and log three months of travel data in one logging period. The paper first describes the functionality, programmability, tachometer interface, data storage, and costing functions of the ICU. The road pricing phase lasted for three weeks. It led to a 6% reduction in the average total weekly trips by the participants, and a 23% reduction in the peak-period trips; both these results were statistically significant, but the 6% rise in off-peak travel was not. The amount of money spent on road pricing was also examined. Five conclusions are presented in some detail.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • O'Mahony, M
    • Humphreys, I
  • Publication Date: 2000-1


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00790353
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM