Pay-as-you-drive

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Enablers:

  • Consensus between political parties and motorist groups (ANWB)
  • Common agreement about the urgency of the traffic congestion problem
  • Long period of research and debate finished
  • Rapid development of new technological solutions
  • Period of economic growth
  • Opportunities for additional tax income for the government

Inhibitors:

  • Implementation of the project not yet made specific
  • Possible technological limitations
  • Change of government in upcoming elections
  • Lack of cooperation (and investment) from the business environment
  • Resistance from individual groups of motorists
  • Lack of necessary funding to create nationwide network
  • Difficulties in making the nationwide hardware safe for vandalism
  • Period of economic hardship

Paradigms:

Despite the fact that the pay-as-you-drive system can (or can not) be successfully introduced on a nationwide scale one must consider its effectiveness. It has not yet been proven that such a system will indeed stop people from regularly using the car, just like raising the excises on cigarettes does not stop people from smoking. Although the introduction of a toll system in the London city area did have a positive influence on the traffic jams, and also Singapore has been using a similar toll system with success for years, the Dutch situation is different. The current proposal suggests that you will be charged more during rush hour near Amsterdam then near Wolvega (which is of course reasonable), but it will also charge you differently on different roads (driving during rush hour on a 80kmh road near Amsterdam will have a different price as taking the highway?). Furthermore, as long as people will not have a proper alternative for the car they will use it anyway. This means huge investment in the (privatised) public transportation sector need to be done as well. That this can pay off extremely well has been proven by the Flemish government over the last couple of years.

Experts:

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Timing:

  • 1999: Dutch Secretary of Transport, Public Works and Water Management Tineke Netelenbos introduces the first ideas of the pay-as-you-drive system using toll gates near heavily congested areas
  • 2001: After heavy debates the system is being postponed until further notice, while the search for alternatives continues
  • 2005: The old pay-as-you-drive system appears in a new format in which motorists will pay per driven kilometre and road taxes will be abolished

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