31 May '18, 6am

Abolishing tolls: Short-term gain, long-term pain

Abolishing toll rates is a short-sighted policy for both economic and environmental reasons. Firstly, abolishing tolls benefits more the upper 50% of population than the lower half. One often thinks that it is fairer to keep roads free of toll. But studies have shown that the benefits of free roads accrue more to the affluent than to the low-income group as the rich drive more. Abolishing tolls subsidises people who drive, and is unfair to taxpayers who do not drive. On the other hand, collecting tolls and using the revenue to subsidise public transport would be a much more equitable policy.

Full article: http://anilnetto.com/society/public-transport/abolishing-...

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