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Distributional impacts of road pricing: the truth behind the myth

Santos, Georgina ORCID: and Rojey, Laurent 2004. Distributional impacts of road pricing: the truth behind the myth. Transportation 31 (1) , pp. 21-42. 10.1023/B:PORT.0000007234.98158.6b

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This paper shows that road pricing can be regressive, progressive or neutral, and refutes the generalised idea that road pricing is always regressive. The potential distributional impacts of a road pricing scheme are assessed in three English towns. It is found that impacts are town specific and depend on where people live, where people work and what mode of transport they use to go to work. Initial impacts may be progressive even before any compensation scheme for losers is taken into account. When the situation before the scheme is implemented is such that majority of drivers entering the area where the scheme would operate come from households with incomes above the average, it can be expected that, once the scheme is implemented, these drivers coming from rich households will continue to cross the cordon and will be prepared to pay the charge. In such a case the overall effect will be that on average, rich people will pay the toll and poor people will not.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0049-4488
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:32

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