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Calls for road user charging to be adopted soon
Expert warns that governments could face resistance if they delay distance taxes
20 Apr 2016
By IAN PORTER
- The steady improvement in fuel efficiency of Australia's vehicle fleet and the imminent rise of electric vehicles will force governments to switch from fuel tax to road-user charging as a means of paying for new roads and maintenance, according to a traffic expert from the United States.
- However, D’Artagnan Consulting managing partner Jack Opiola says if they wait too long, the switch may prove politically unpopular, making it difficult to introduce what is seen by some as a fairer system of paying for the roads.
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