Newroad Pricing Alternatives in the Netherlands



Newroad Pricing Alternatives in the Netherlands

Authors

EXEL N JAvan and JORNA R A M, Netherlands Economic Institute, The Netherlands

Description

For a long period of time the key issues in Dutch transport policy have been accessibility. - roads and economic centres should be accessible for all at any time -. congestion-free traffic flow and. of course, safety.

Abstract

For a long period of time the key issues in Dutch transport policy have been accessibility. - roads and economic centres should be accessible for all at any time -. congestion-free traffic flow and. of course, safety.

Increasingly. government and motorists pressure groups realise that achievement of all three policy objectives solely by increasing infrastructure supply has become difficuk and. if at all. only at immensely increasing costs. Therefore. recent policies are aimed at reducing traffic and increasing the efficiency of capacity, utilisation (speed limitation, promoting carpooling. telematies, information), but also to shifting to public transport alternatives and teleworking. In recent years some studies have been carried out concerning mad-pricing schemes for the increasingly congested Randstad area in the Netherlands. At first mainly "traditional" toiling schemes were considered, more recently the features of pay-lane systems enjoy increasing attention. Although the opposition against road-pricing declines facing growing amounts and lengths of queues around economic vital areas - whereas the opposition against road-pricing only as instrument for financing new infrastructure remains -. the form and operationalisation of road pricing still give plenty rise to discussion.

This paper is concerned with a recent study on two proposed mad-pricing schemes specifically for the Rotterdam area situation 1. Section two of this paper describes the two systems - Rekening Ri/den and Select Systeem - and discusses their pros and cons and costs and benefits for both the Randstad area and for target groups of road-nsers. Section three is dedicated to the socio- economic feasibility study for the Rekening Rijden scheme, and section four concerns the financial viability of the pay-lane system.

Section five introduces a synthesis of what could be the best alternative for both the Randstad region and the road-users, a combination - as both systems are not at all mutually exclusive - of a cordon-type tolling scheme and additional pay-lanes on (remaining) bottleneck locations. Finally. the conclusions follow in section 6.

Publisher

Association for European Transport