Public Goods Pricing Roads and Technology discussion paper by Mr Alex Li-Kim-Mui

Publication Date
01 February 2013

This paper examines the possibility of road pricing to reduce problems such as an increasing number of road users, congestion, road wear and negative externalities.

The author argues that road pricing has in the past been limited by technological constraints among other things. Road pricing has not extending beyond tolling and road freight charges because the infrastructure used to monitor, collect and enforce those charges — for example, cameras, sensors and computerised systems — has been very expensive. However, recent advancements in technologies — for example, in-vehicle technology and GPS — have eased these constraints.

Governments and road authorities could look at these new technology-based schemes to enable them to charge for road use.

The paper attempts to fuse some concepts of engineering and economics by using observations from transport with potential long-term applications to transport policy.