Government plans for lorry road-user charging in the UK: a critique and an alternative

Alan C. McKinnon

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    The British government was planning to introduce a system of road-user charging for lorries in 2008. In July 2005, it decided to abandon these plans and incorporate the development of a charging scheme for trucks into a future road pricing system for all categories of traffic. This paper examines the objectives of the proposed lorry road-user charging scheme in the UK and argues that the government's plans for LRUC would have been inappropriate. An alternative method of road-user charging for lorries is proposed which would meet the main objectives of LRUC at much lower cost, disruption and risk and act as an interim measure until it is possible, technically and politically, to introduce general road pricing in the UK. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)204-216
    Number of pages13
    JournalTransport Policy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2006


    • Congestion
    • Distance-based taxation
    • Lorries
    • Road user charging
    • UK


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