Road pricing, i.e. systems charging drivers for using roads, is increasingly being used in both developed and developing countries: in the former to combat congestion and pollution, to compensate for falling revenues from fuel duty (“gas tax”), to improve the efficiency of the existing transport infrastructure, and to curb carbon emissions; in the latter, also to fund new transport projects. This book looks at examples around the world, the technologies implemented, how the pricing regimes have worked out and how successful the systems have been.
Dr John Walker is currently 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 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 is the editor-in-chief of the IET’s book series on Transportation.
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.