ROAD PRICING: THE ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL POSSIBILITIES

A PANEL WAS SET UP BY THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT TO STUDY AND REPORT ON A TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF VARIOUS METHODS FOR IMPROVING THE PRICING SYSTEM RELATING TO THE USE OF ROADS, AND ON RELEVENT ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS. DEFICIENCIES ARE POINTED OUT IN THE PRESENT METHOD OF TAXATION, NOTABLY THE INABILITY TO RESTRAIN PEOPLE FROM MAKING JOURNIES WHICH IMPOSE HIGH COST ON OTHER PEOPLE. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT ROAD CHARGES COULD ACCOUNT FOR THE LARGE DIFFERENCES THAT EXIST IN CONGESTION COSTS BETWEEN ONE JOURNEY AND ANOTHER. TWO POSSIBLE CHARTING METHODS WERE EXAMINED. THESE METHODS WERE: THE DIFFERENTIAL FUEL TAX, WHICH COULD NOT BE RELATED AT ALL CLOSELY TO CONGESTION COSTS, AND THE POLL TAX ON EMPLOYEES IN CONGESTED AREAS, WHICH WOULD HAVE LITTLE EFFECT ON ROAD CONGESTION. IT IS BELIEVED THAT A PARKING TAX COULD BRING SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS, BUT PREFERABLE TO THIS MIGHT BE A SYSTEM OF DAILY LICENSES, WHICH WOULD EMBRACE ALL TRAFFIC IN THE AREAS CONCERNED. SIX METER SYSTEMS WERE EXAMINED. SOME OF THESE SHOW PROMISE OF SATISFYING THE NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS.

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    • 61 Pp, 2 FiG, 6 TAB, 31 REF, 5 APP
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  • Publication Date: 1964

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  • Accession Number: 00201441
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 9 1994 12:00AM