Key messages

  • Road pricing schemes in major European cities already exist. They have demonstrated the potential to promote a modal shift to public transport and reduce volumes of car traffic, with resulting positive social and environmental impacts.
  • Road pricing is a useful tool to limit the digital rebound effects that can be induced by deploying other technologies. These can reduce some operational costs of road transport or make it more attractive, thus increasing demand for it.
  • Road pricing offers an alternative revenue source for the government, considering that fuel taxation may not provide this when electrification is taking off. Road transport will continue to have impacts even once full-scale electrification is realised.
  • User acceptance and a lack of political willingness are currently the main barriers to a greater uptake of such schemes.

See Annex 7 here


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