Extension of User-Based Road Infrastructure Financing in Germany is Both Necessary and Feasible: Results of a Pre-Study

This paper reviews the current state of Germany’s road infrastructure, noting that main roads and engineering works in particular suffer from inadequate financial resources. The authors show that an expansion of the German highway tolling scheme to incorporate state main roads and all vehicle classes would be both technically feasible and economically expedient. They contend that an additional 1 billion Euros annually would be necessary to keep the federal autobahns and main roads in good condition. To reach this level of financial support, Germany must continue to change the road financing modus towards usage-based financing. The authors describe the introduction of a satellite-based truck tolling system in 2005 as a first step in this approach of infrastructure financing. Some of the concerns still to be addressed include the high costs of the vehicle equipment (notably On-Board-Units), the need for alternative tolling options for occasional users of the road network and the topic of data protection and user privacy. The authors conclude from this paper that the operational start of a tolling system would require approximately 4 years; this start-up period would include the preparation of a detailed feasibility analysis, legislative procedure, tendering, system development, production and distribution of OBUs, installation of roadside infrastructure, set-up of operational organization as well as central systems, integration tests, and trial operation.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

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  • Accession Number: 01142442
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 2009 11:16AM