Matt Prior: There are better alternatives to road pricing Car News

Road pricing gives people privacy worries and opens the door for lawmakers to decide where and when you should drive by making certain roads and times more expensive.

Worse than that, road pricing does not reward efficiency, but simply the number of miles driven and potentially where and when. So if you drive 10,000 miles very efficiently and I drive 7,000 hard, you will always pay more, which is not fair.

With Fuel Duty on electricity, there is an administration element (especially on rental cars, fleet cars, etc.) on who pays the final bill. And CobĂ©e says there needs to be “transparency” so we know cars don’t lie (Dieselgate has made a lot of people look at the auto industry with suspicion). But with all cars connected and registered and public chargers and most private chargers also connected, it can be done.

The idea seems fairer and simpler to me than taxing the roads. It’s a tax on the energy you use to drive, not where and when you have to.

feel deflated

As I write, some people take great pride in themselves for deflating the tires of SUVs parked in urban areas.

I’m not a big fan of 4x4s bought for no good reason but my own Land Rover Defender sometimes ends up in town after a day of hauling pet food in the sticks because there’s no train back after work.

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