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1 RAC Foundation IPPR Road Pricing Seminar 26 October 2005 The Motorists Viewpoint David Holmes Chairman RAC Foundation

2 The case Demand for road space must be met or managed. At present it is managed inefficiently. Fuel duty. Parking charges. Congestion. Rational framework for transport pricing and investment.

3 Building consensus Average motorist pays about £900 pa in fuel tax, vat and ved. Road pricing will create gainers and losers: town/country; north/south. Perceptions wont be accurate.

4 Ask the motorist Only 1 in 10 trust government. 60% support if: Proceeds go to transport. Independent regulator. Less support from: Lower incomes. Higher ages. Part-time workers..

5 Are opinion polls useful? What will change in years? Are we clear what we are asking people about? At what level are people responding ?

6 What we know we dont know Level of charges: how set; how vary? Pricing structure. Objectives: raise money? Discourage car travel? Marginal social costs? Or what? Where will the money go? Payment systems. Costs of equipment.

7 Effects on people and households Large/marginal? Move house/job/schools? Time for adjustment? Social exclusion Lowest income group spends 24% of household budget on motoring.

8 Where do we go next? 1 More modelling to illuminate gainers and losers, eg Car dependence by location/ job/ income. Complex journeys. Ability/willingness to adjust.

9 Where do we go next? 2 Build political / public consensus on principles and rules eg Charges will be objectively set. Powerful regulator/auditor. Cap; restraint on monopoly power. Clear indication on charges and how to avoid. Proceeds to relevant transport purpose. Future of fuel duty. Privacy.

10 Conclusion Build support step by step – otherwise no hope of majority support. Listen to people. Vision of better transport system. Local pilots must follow principles and rules. Be honest.


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