Road Pricing - Articles and news items
The unsustainable levels of congestion and pollution affecting Europe’s cities are being tackled by a range of measures, including charging road users to drive into town centres during peak hours. In this article Dr. Chris Humphrey gives an update on progress with the CURACAO project, which seeks to share research and good practice on road pricing between European cities.
The issue of road congestion has steadily climbed up the policy agenda of many national governments in recent years. Traffic levels in major European towns and cities continue to rise, causing increasing delays, accidents and noise. The European Commission estimates that a staggering €100 billion, or 1% of the EU’s GDP, is lost to congestion each year.
The famous riddle where nine dots have to be connected by straight lines without lifting your pen taught the world to “think outside the box”. Over the last five years, urban road charging has moved from the zoo of exotic transport management measures, to the heart of the public debate on the future of urban transport.
Urban charging is a key topic in the EU’s Green Paper on urban transport and is likely to be mentioned in the derived action plan. The number of cities and regions investigating road pricing is growing. Urban pricing is moving inside the box. This is good news – if some very fundamental issues are taken into account.