A confluence of factors have emerged in recent years putting road user pricing policies in the spotlight.
The Minister for Urban Infrastructure has identified the growing need to change the way we pay for transport. The Federal Government’s Competition Review identified the need for improved pricing signals to manage traffic congestion and a range of infrastructure bodies have called for demand based road user pricing to improve the productivity of Australian cities.
In April 2017, Uber’s Head of Transportation Policy called for a road user price to be introduced on city streets.
The shift to electric and more efficient vehicles is a major threat to fuel excise revenue (currently accounting for around $20b in Commonwealth revenue). Driverless vehicles are expected to be on our roads in as little as 5 – 10 years from now and have the potential to exacerbate congestion issues. For these reasons, the Commonwealth and State Governments around Australia have begun working on road user pricing policies and models.
The introduction of a network based, road user charge has major implications for local government. These seminars, in Sydney and Melbourne will address key areas of concern for all three levels of government, such as:
- How might a distance and time based price on car use influence transport choice?
- Could a per km fee be calibrated to reduce rat running on local streets?
- Should local governments receive a proportion of the revenue generated?
- How should future revenue be invested? Back into roads, or better public transport and safer streets for walking and cycling?
- Will a future of shared transport reduce local government car parking revenue, and what strategies can help mitigate this budget threat?
- How might low income, outer suburban households deal with a road user price, and what mechanisms can be embedded to make it fair?
- What is the political acceptability of road user pricing and how might it be enhanced?
We are holding two seminars, in Sydney and Melbourne with leading Australian and Dutch transport and policy experts to tackle all these and other issues associated with road user pricing.
Tuesday 8th August 2017
9:00am – 4:30pm
Customs House, Circular Quay
Thursday 10th August 2017
8:45am – 4:30pm
Melbourne Town Hall
Mechanisms for enhancing the productivity of our cities through transport innovation and policy reform
Disruptive transport technology, driverless cars and the implications for government
Local government’s role and the opportunity presented by disruptive transport technology and road user pricing
Congestion charging: practice and impacts
Electric vehicles: the consequences on fuel excise revenue
Road user pricing in the digital age: Using technology to provide the right pricing signals to manage road use
The human response: How road user pricing is likely to impact on transport behaviour
The politics of road user pricing
The impact of shared transport on local government car parking revenue and strategies to mitigate the
Emerging transport challenges in a growing Sydney and Melbourne