Let’s think about road pricing (By any other name would smell so sweet)

USA tollbooth attendent

  • Let’s get started with https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/road-pricing/ for now.

And then there is this thing, this strategy, this proven working tool for congestion relief called “road pricing” – but also congestion charging, congestion tax, ERP, etc. These are programs that exist in cities and extended areas in a growing number of democratic countries, each of which require that all road users each bear a fair share for their personal transport choices and addition to the costs of increased congestion, and for other related social costs, including traffic accidents, noise, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

But there is a problem. It requires a bit of work and thought to understand what it is all about, but that does not seem to preclude a certain number of good souls who are not willing to put in the time needed to understand from having strong opinions about why it is a lousy thing to do.

Populists politicians habitually rally their supporters against such policies on the grounds that they are unfair to everyone but in particular the poor. Not true and the strong logic of the system and excellent experience are in places like Singapore, London, Stockholm and yet others are strongly in their favor. The challenge is to make this known in fair and understandable terms. Quite a challenge indeed!

We shall be going into this in some detail in the weeks’ ahead.

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About the author:

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX | #fekbritton | https://twitter.com/ericbritton | and | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericbritton/ Contact: climate@newmobility.org) | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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