In the Sydney Morning Herald today, a call for charges in driving.
In a paper released this morning which the Treasury stresses does not represent its official view, economist Paul Hubbard commends Sydney’s experiment with time-of-day pricing levels for the Harbour Bridge and Tunnel and says it could go further.
Noting that Sydney’s E-Toll system is only one of a number of possible methods of charing for road use it points to an automatic number plate recognition system used in London in which a network of 340 high definition cameras read number plates and generate bills for weekday travel within the city between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm.
This is a very welcome move. I think that the external costs of congestion possibly outweigh driving’s climate change costs.
Now, if you want to make it politically saleable, why not do as Stephen King and I suggested when we discussed this idea in Finishing the Job and allow people to use their eTags on public transport for driving credits?