www.curacaoproject.eu                      CURACAO - coordination of urban road-user charging organisational issues                   Funded by the EU

Road Pricing Context

OBJECTIVES

SCHEME DESIGN

TECHNOLOGY

BUSINESS SYSTEMS

Prediction

PREDICTION

TRAFFIC EFFECTS

ENVIRONMENT

ECONOMY

EQUITY

Appraisal

APPRAISAL

Decision Making

ACCEPTABILITY

TRANSFERABILITY

Implementation and Evaluation

EVALUATION

IMPLEMENTATION

Case Studies

Bergen

Bologna

Bristol

Cambridge

Durham

Dutch National Case

Edinburgh

London

Manchester

Milan

Nord-Jaeren

Oslo

Rome

Stockholm

The Hague

Trondheim



Urban Road User Charging Online Knowledge Base

How Can Technology Support Policy?

Road user charges cannot be collected in an efficient and effective way without a degree of technology sophistication. Technology is the enabler which ensures that road user charging policies can be delivered. Technology is a means to an end and not the end itself. Without technology, many of the opportunities opened by road charging would not be feasible.

 Technology can offer a range of options for payment of road usage based on parameters that are defined by local needs and charging policy. For instance, it might be a local need to charge a certain segment of road at a higher tariff than an alternative parallel road. Or, as a proxy for congestion levels, charges can be varied throughout the day dynamically in response to measured delay. A simpler solution is a charge that varies at predetermined times during the day, as in the Stockholm case.

 Wherever there is a need to differentiate categories of road users for charging or enforcement, or to define a boundary between areas of different charging levels, there is a need for technology. The required technology may be situated at the roadside or in the vehicle, and should be capable of detecting and recording that the vehicle has to, or is about to, cross a boundary on a network of roads.