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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.
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