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Road pricing. Really? After the French riots, policy-makers need to think again

Steve Melia Steve Melia University of the West of England
17 December 2018

 

The ‘Gilets Jaunes’ who rioted on the streets of Paris and forced the French Government to abandon its fuel tax increases have a message for transport planners, one that we – as well as politicians – ignore at our peril. Britain may not have suffered violence on that scale (three dead so far) but we have been there before. The fuel tax protests of 2000 and the successful campaigns against road pricing from 2004 to 2007 should remind us of how rising transport costs can...

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