Driving Towards Road User Charging

This article describes the new Dutch road user charging (RUC) scheme that is set to be deployed for trucks by 2011. The first program of its kind in Europe, the RUC pricing will be determined by location, time of day, and the environmental impact of the type of vehicle being used. In order to ensure the system will be politically viable, it will be cost-neutral for average drivers through the abolishment of current fixed taxes that will now be supplanted by the dynamically adjusting tax. Another RUC scheme described is found in Dublin, Ireland. The third example of RUC implementations is the current interest in high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in the United Kingdom. Many of these systems are viewed as critical since, in industrialized nations, traffic volume increase rates often outpace growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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  • Accession Number: 01110038
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2008 5:31PM