Implementing road user charging: the lessons learnt from Hong Kong, Cambridge and Central London.

Ison, Stephen G and Rye, Tom (2005) Implementing road user charging: the lessons learnt from Hong Kong, Cambridge and Central London. Transport Reviews, 25 (4). pp. 451-465. ISSN 0144-1647

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Road user charging has long been advocated as a means of dealing with congestion in urban areas. Numerous schemes have been proposed but have advanced little beyond the drawing board. This paper draws on the experiences of two such road user charging schemes, namely Electronic Road Pricing in Hong Kong, China, and Congestion Metering in the city of Cambridge, UK, and it seeks to make comparisons with the way implementation of congestion charging in Central London, UK, has been undertaken. What lessons can be learnt from the three examples that would aid authorities considering such a course of action? Certain issues have contributed to the two schemes not being implemented, such as the level of congestion not being severe enough, the clarity of objectives, invasion of road user's privacy, and timing and presentation. The paper seeks to compare and contrast the issues resulting in the schemes not being implemented with those of the successfully implemented scheme. The conclusion is that it is not possible to attribute the successful implementation of congestion charging to one issue alone. The role of a policy champion, public support given the severity of congestion, a single implementing agency, an understanding of the scheme's objectives, and timing and clear presentation have all been important factors.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0144-1647
Electronic ISSN: 1464-5327
Uncontrolled Keywords: Road user charging; Electronic road pricing; Hong Kong; Congestion metering; Cambridge, UK; Congestion charging; London; Factors affecting implementation;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 304 Factors affecting social behavior
300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 388 Transportation; ground transportation
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Item ID: 1914
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2008 09:47
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 15:24

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