Road pricing is increasingly being implemented around the world to combat congestion, curb carbon and other polluting emissions, compensate for falling revenues from fuel duty, improve the efficiency of the existing transport infrastructure, and fund new transport projects.
Road Pricing outlines some of the economic theory behind these schemes, indicates the different kinds of road charging schemes that are possible, describes the electronic technology being used, shows that it is available and already in operational use in many countries, addresses how public acceptability can be achieved, and demonstrates that people will accept road pricing if they understand the reasons for using it, and above all, if they have experienced it in use and understand how it will affect them personally.
There are very few engineering-oriented books in this field, or books aimed at transport planners. This book aims to fill that gap - informing engineers and planners how to prepare for and implement road pricing schemes, which technologies to use, and which technologies are already in use successfully throughout the world. The book also aims to show politicians and policy advisors what has been successfully achieved and what is possible now and in the immediate future.
- Chapter 2: The Smeed Report at 50: will road pricing always be 10 years away?
- Chapter 3: Types of road pricing, and measuring scheme cost and performance
- Chapter 4: We can't get there from here: ecofiscal policies to address traffic congestion in Canadian cities
- Chapter 5: The public acceptability of road pricing - a US case study
- Chapter 6: How road pricing was implemented in Singapore, and planned technology augmentations
- Chapter 7: Communication and governance challenges in Greater Manchester's 'congestion charge' referendum
- Chapter 8: Case studies of communication and consultation strategies for road pricing schemes
- Chapter 9: Road pricing standardisation
- Chapter 10: The European Electronic Toll Service - EETS - and the REETS project
- Chapter 11: Standardisation and implementation of ANPR - a practical guide
- Chapter 12: Engineering interoperability in the US: video tolling and multiprotocol tags and readers
- Chapter 13: London Congestion Charging - a personal account
- Chapter 14: The Swedish congestion charges - lessons learnt
- Chapter 15: Moving from conventional tolling installations to open road tolling
- Chapter 16: GNSS-based tolling: standards and implementations
- Chapter 17: HU-GO: the Hungarian distance-based electronic toll system
- Chapter 18: West Coast distance charge programs: an open market as the gateway to implementation in the United States
- Chapter 19: Four years of Milan's road charge: effectiveness, acceptability and impacts
- Chapter 20: Optimising use - using incentives to address traffic congestion
- Chapter 21: Summary and future prospects for road pricing: open research areas, future work and conclusions
- Chapter 22: Afterword
- Appendix A: Glossary of acronyms and technical terms
- Appendix B: References and further reading
Dr John Walker is an independent consultant, following a 30-year career with Racal (now Thales) managing collaborative projects in artificial intelligence, software engineering, Intelligent Transport Systems, traffic information broadcasting, and road pricing. His role at Thales as Chief Technical Consultant included business development and project management in road-pricing and ITS. John was an Expert Advisor to Transport for London in their Congestion Charging technology trials. He is currently a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Transportation Research Group at Southampton University, and Honorary Secretary of the Road User Charging Interest Group of ITS(UK). He is also a member of the Executive Team of the IET's Automotive and Road Transport Technical and Professional Network, the editor of two related books, and the editor-in-chief of the IET's book series on Transportation.