ROAD PRICING

THE AUTHOR DESCRIBES IN SOME DETAIL THE THEORY OF ROAD PRICING AS PRESENTED BY THE SMEED COMMITTEE IN GREAT BRITAIN AND PRESENTS FOUR MAJOR OBJECTIONS TO THIS THEORY: (1) THE FACT THAT THE COST OF INTRODUCING THE SYSTEM BOTH AS REGARDS RECORDING INSTRUMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT BEEN CONSIDERED NOR THE EFFECTS ON THE EXISTING PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM; (2) THE ECONOMIC EFFECT ON DIFFERENT GROUPS OF ROAD USERS; COLLECTED FEES MUST BE EMPLOYED TO ENSURE FAIR TREATMENT OF ALL ROAD USERS, THOSE WHO USED THE ROADS BEFORE AND THOSE WHO USED THE ROADS AFTER THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN INTRODUCED. IT IS ARGUED THAT TRAFFIC CONGESTION IS NOT NECESSARILY ONLY A RESULT OF A DIFICIENT PRICE POLICY BUT ALSO A FUNCTION OF ROAD CAPACITY. ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO THE FACT THAT THE ROAD PRICING SYSTEM CONSTITUTES ONLY A PARTIAL SOLUTION AND MUST BE CONSIDERED AS A PARTICULAR CASE OF THE MORE GENERAL PROBLEM OF FINDING THE OPTIMUM TRAFFIC DISTRIBUTION BETWEEN DIFFERENT MODES OF TRANSPORT.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 15-7
  • Serial:
    • Samferdsel
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics
    • ISSN: 0332-8988

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1974 12:00AM