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Pricing in Road Transport

A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective Edited by Erik Verhoef, VU University Amsterdam, Michiel C.J. Bliemer, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney, Australia, Linda Steg, University of Groningen and Bert van Wee, Professor of Transport Policy, Delft University of Technology and Scientific Director, TRAIL Research School, The Netherlands
Transport pricing is high on the political agenda throughout the world, but as the authors illustrate, governments seeking to implement this often face challenging questions and significant barriers. The associated policy and research questions cannot always be addressed adequately from a mono-disciplinary perspective. This book shows how a multi-disciplinary approach may lead to new types of analysis and insights, contributing to a better understanding of the intricacies of transport pricing and eventually to a potentially more effective and acceptable design of such policies. The study addresses important policy and research themes such as the possible motives for introducing road transport pricing and potential conflicts between these motives, behavioural responses to transport pricing for households and firms, the modelling of transport pricing, and the acceptability of pricing.
Extent: 336 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84542 860 0
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  • Economics and Finance
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Transport pricing is high on the political agenda throughout the world, but as the authors illustrate, governments seeking to implement this often face challenging questions and significant barriers. The associated policy and research questions cannot always be addressed adequately from a mono-disciplinary perspective. This book shows how a multi-disciplinary approach may lead to new types of analysis and insights, contributing to a better understanding of the intricacies of transport pricing and eventually to a potentially more effective and acceptable design of such policies. The study addresses important policy and research themes such as the possible motives for introducing road transport pricing and potential conflicts between these motives, behavioural responses to transport pricing for households and firms, the modelling of transport pricing, and the acceptability of pricing.

Studying road transport pricing from a multi-disciplinary perspective, this book will be of great interest to transport policymakers and advisors, transport academics and consultants and students in transport studies.
‘. . . the book has a lot to offer to those interested in state-of-the-art behavioural research and behavioural modelling. . . an interesting addition to the literature in the area of behavioural research and modelling. . . I recommend the book to anyone who is looking into those aspects of road pricing and transportation management.’
– Eran Ben-Elia, Journal of Transport Geography

‘. . . the book provides ample evidence of the various and often complex issues that arise in road pricing policies. New research is presented on topics mostly neglected in the past (such as the role of firms in rod pricing, or new insights from dynamic network models).’
– Tilmann Rave, Journal of Regional Science
Contributors: M. Bell, M.C.J. Bliemer, P. Bovy, T. de Jong, S. Fujii, T. Gärling, D. Hensher, C. Jakobsson, D. Joksimovic, P. Loukopoulos, C. Nash, S. Puckett, J. Rouwendal, G. Santos, G. Schuitema, L. Steg, T. Tillema, B. Ubbels, D. van Amelsfort, J. van Ommeren, B. van Wee, E. Verhoef, M. Wichiensin
Contents:

1. Introduction
Linda Steg, Erik Verhoef, Michiel Bliemer and Bert van Wee

2. Road Transport Pricing: Motivation, Objectives and Design from an Economic Perspective
Erik Verhoef

PART I: BEHAVIOURAL RESPONSES TO ROAD PRICING
3. Behavioural Responses of Freight Transporters and Shippers to Road-User Charging Schemes: An Empirical Assessment
David Hensher and Sean Puckett

4. Travellers’ Responses to Road Pricing: Value of Time, Schedule Delay and Unreliability
Dirk van Amelsfort, Piet Bovy, Michiel Bliemer and Barry Ubbels

5. Effects of a Kilometre Charge on Car Use, Car Ownership and Relocation
Barry Ubbels, Taede Tillema, Erik Verhoef and Bert van Wee

6. Firms: Changes in Trip Patterns, Production Prices, Locations and in the Human Resource Policy due to Road Pricing
Taede Tillema, Bert van Wee, Jan Rouwendal and Jos van Ommeren

PART II: MODELLING EFFECTS OF TRANSPORT PRICING
7. Transit Market Effects on Socially Optimal Congestion Charging
Michael Bell and Muanmas Wichiensin

8. Different Policy Objectives of the Road-Pricing Problem: A Game-theoretic Approach
Dusica Joksimovic, Michiel Bliemer and Piet Bovy

9. Optimal Toll Design Problem: A Dynamic Network Modelling Approach
Michiel Bliemer, Dusica Joksimovic and Piet Bovy

PART III: ACCEPTABILITY OF DIFFERENT ROAD-PRICING POLICIES
10. Acceptability of Road Pricing
Tommy Gärling, Cecilia Jakobsson, Peter Loukopoulos and Satoshi Fujii

11. Car Users’ Acceptability of a Kilometre Charge
Geertje Schuitema, Barry Ubbels, Linda Steg and Erik Verhoef

12. Sensitivity of Geographical Accessibility Measures Under Road-Pricing Conditions
Taede Tillema, Tom de Jong, Bert van Wee, Dirk van Amelsfort

13. Firms’ Perception and Acceptability of Transport Pricing
Linda Steg, Taede Tillema, Bert van Wee and Geertje Schuitema

PART IV: PAST AND FUTURE OF ROAD PRICING
14. The London Experience
Georgina Santos

15. Transport Infrastructure Pricing: A European Perspective
Chris Nash

16. Conclusions and Directions of Further Research
Bert van Wee, Michiel Bliemer, Linda Steg and Erik Verhoef

Index