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Road pricing is coming – but what form will it take?

The Treasury anticipates a shortfall of around £28bn in revenues from fuel duty in the shift to electric vehicles. Transport leaders should look at not only how road pricing can address this deficit, but how to maximise the opportunities it creates: sustained infrastructure condition, a smoother experience for road users, and improved journey time reliability, writes Richard Sallnow

06 June 2024
Richard Sallnow: There are several approaches that could be used to deliver a road pricing scheme, with differing merits, disadvantages, complexity of introduction, and reliance on technology
Richard Sallnow: There are several approaches that could be used to deliver a road pricing scheme, with differing merits, disadvantages, complexity of introduction, and reliance on technology

 

The funding and decarbonisation of road transport in the UK continues to be a hot topic. The Treasury anticipates a shortfall of around £28bn in the annual tax take owing to lower fuel duty as the fleet electrifies.

There has been increased public discussion on road pricing over the last two years, with more than 10 reports noting its inevitability, from organisations such as Campaign for Better Transport, Centre for Policy Studies, Resolution Foundation, Climate Change Committee, and the...

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