March 13, 2016
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Author: Jacob Saulwick
13th March, 2016
“Road pricing is already used in Sydney – through individual tolls on major roads – but to be a truly effective way to manage the demand for Sydney’s roads, it must be systemic and integrated,” said the chief executive of Committee for Sydney, Tim Williams.
“Perversely, congestion itself is an inefficient form of demand management – charging people in time,” said Dr Williams, who added that any money raised from such a scheme should be spent on transport and public transport.
A national system of road-pricing – charging motorists according to how far they drive in exchange for cheaper petrol prices and registration fees – is likely to be explored in a study commissioned by the federal government.
The interest in a potential road pricing system comes amid business calls for new methods of curbing chronic traffic congestion in Sydney.
In an interview, the Federal Minister for Major Projects, Paul Fletcher, said the government would respond to a recommendation from advisory body Infrastructure Australia that it commission a study into how a road pricing scheme would work.
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