Road pricing must start with electric vehicles

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Electric vehicles provide an opportunity to introduce road pricing reforms, but ‘clean air tax’ lobbyists threaten to embed poor road-use habits.

Road pricing aims to put a value on motorists’ use of roads while providing market signals for constructing and maintaining the infrastructure. It also encourages efficient road-use behaviours by placing a direct charge on motorists’ actual use of roads.

Based on projections by BITRE, congestion associated with “business as usual” road use is likely to cost $30 billion by 2030. This cost is avoidable if a system of road-use charging is introduced, and Victoria’s electric vehicle (EV) road-use charge is an important first step. However, claims by the EV lobby that a charge on EVs is a tax on “clean air” that stifles the uptake of EVs are overstated and likely to embed inefficient road use behaviours for the foreseeable future.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationPearls and Irritations
PublisherJohn Menadue
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2021


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