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Against a backdrop of declining fuel duty revenue, last year's Wolfson Prize reinvigorated the road pricing debate by asking "how can we pay for better, safer, more reliable roads in a way that is fair to road users and good for the economy and the environment?"
Gergely Raccuja, transport planner at Amey and TPS member, won this prestigious prize with his paper entitled Miles Better: Replacing Fuel Duty and VED with a Mileage-based Road Tax, collected by insurers. We are delighted to invite Gergely to present his paper, which proposes a mileage-based tax where the unit rate varies by vehicle emissions class and tax revenue collection is undertaken by motor insurance companies.
We have invited Kris Beuret and Paul Buchanan to respond to the Miles Better proposal before opening the panel debate to audience questions. Would this proposal be a fair replacement for fuel duty and under what circumstances would it be politically acceptable?
Would the revenues be hypothecated for road network maintenance, or also for wider transport expenditure? This proposed mileage-based tax does not distinguish between the time and geography of miles driven. Would it therefore be a sufficient demand management tool to achieve transport planning objectives? And what would be the longer term spatial and transport behavioural impacts?
Gergely Raccuja, Transport Planner, Amey
Kris Beuret, Director, Social Research Associates
Paul Buchanan, Director, Volterra
David Quarmby CBE