When it comes to maintenance, commercial trucks cause most of the damage to roadways. ,,,If we want to to create a pay-as-you-go system, this needs to be factored into the equation.
The above is true. However, since just about all of the cargo that commercial trucks transport ultimately end up as consumer goods anyway, every American that buys food or any other item is going to pay anyway, except for some items that are transported long haul by rail, and then delivered locally by truck.
I think it is rather obvious that tolls are a rather expensive way to collect funds, at least using today's technology.
So, it is my opinion that the Europeans do have at least one good idea:
Collect the cost of the roads at the fuel pump.
There is another benefit also, that is very unpopular here in America. Since the fuel taxes are so high, the automobiles that most Europeans purchase are extremely fuel efficient. And also, travel by train is very common there, because it is so much cheaper.
posted on 09/04/2004 11:16:11 AM PDT
("History repeats itself - first as tragedy, then as farce" - Karl Marx)
However, since just about all of the cargo that commercial trucks transport ultimately end up as consumer goods anyway, every American that buys food or any other item is going to pay anyway, except for some items that are transported long haul by rail, and then delivered locally by truck.
But it's not the same. If the truckers paid the full cost for their use of the roads, more goods would move by rail, which is cheaper for heavy freight. Furthermore, by the socialist subsidy of long haul trucking, we make imported goods cheaper to haul from port to point-of-sale, and locally manufactured goods are disadvantaged.
Do you really think those high fuel taxes *only* pay for roads, in Europe? I'm doubtful, but honestly don't know.
And higher taxes on diesel, than gas, would effectively shift the maintenance burden where it belongs.
posted on 09/04/2004 2:23:16 PM PDT
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