Comment 26645

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted September 18, 2008 at 21:41:55

Dr.Ted, I like your idea of drivers paying for the benefits they receive, but I don't think gas taxes would do anything about traffic congestion.

More likely, the market would start demanding greater fuel efficiency, negating much of effect that higher fuel costs would bring.

To be sure, a higher fuel tax would change drivers behaviours, but perhaps a second look at toll roads is also warranted.

Electronic tolling of roads target traffic volume directly. Since prices could be set to maximize traffic flow, it also has the added benefit of reducing emissions.

I am not against the idea of using fuel taxes to help in the upkeep of roads, but perhaps a two pronged approach would be more effective in making driving both safer, and a more enjoyable experience.

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