|Title:||What type of road pricing scheme might appeal to politicians? Gaining the citizen vote by staging reform|
|Authors:||Hensher, David A.|
Bliemer, Michiel C. J.
|Keywords:||Road pricing reform; political process; revenue implications; staging reform; simple solutions; use-related registration fees; time reduction benefit charge; non-choice pricing; choice pricing|
|Abstract:||The greatest hurdle facing road pricing reform is political commitment. With rare exception, efforts to introduce significant reform in road pricing aimed at raising sufficient revenue to ensure that road investment and ongoing maintenance is secured without an additional impost to users above current outlays, while at the same time reducing traffic congestion, has fallen largely on politically non-supportive ears. The big challenge is to convince politicians (and their advisers) that it is possible to reform road pricing so that users are made better off (at least the great majority) in terms of time spent travelling and monies outlaid, and government coffers secure growing levels of revenue, but with at least some funds being used in supporting vertical equity to improve public transport and the existing road network. This paper identifies the major issues that make much of the academic research into road pricing somewhat pointless in terms of achieving real change. Staging reform is an appealing way forward, but ensuring the order and timing of events to secure progress is the big challenge. We offer some suggestions, including some ideas on new language designed to increase the level of buy in, and recognise that progress through action will require compromises in respect of an ‘ideal’ economically efficient pricing reform agenda.|
|Type of Work:||Working Paper|
|Appears in Collections:||ITLS Working Papers 2012|
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