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Do charges to freight trucks and trains in the European Union reflect their social marginal costs? Application to the case of Spain
Year:2012
Research Areas
  • Transport
Information
Abstract
In the last few years, the European Union (EU) has become greatly concerned about the environmental costs of road transport in Europe as a result of the constant growth in the market share of trucks and the steady decline in the market share of railroads. In order to reverse this trend, the EU is promoting the implementation of additional charges for heavy goods vehicles (HGV) on the trunk roads of the EU countries. However, the EU policy is being criticised because it does not address the implementation of charges to internalise the external costs produced by automobiles and other transport modes such as railroad. In this paper, we first describe the evolution of the HGV charging policy in the EU, and then assess its practical implementation across different European countries. Second, and of greater significance, by using the case study of Spain, we evaluate to what extent the current fees on trucks and trains reflect their social marginal costs, and consequently lead to an allocative-efficient outcome. We found that for the average case in Spain the truck industry meets more of the marginal social cost produced by it than does the freight railroad industry. The reason for this lies in the large sums of money paid by truck companies in fuel taxes, and the subsidies that continue to be granted by the government to the railroads.
International
Si
JCR
Si
Title
Road & Transport Research
ISBN
1037-5783
Impact factor JCR
0,237
Impact info
Datos JCR del año 2010
Volume
21
Journal number
1
From page
13
To page
24
Month
MARZO
Ranking
Q4
Participants
  • Autor: Jose Manuel Vassallo Magro (UPM)
  • Autor: Elena López Suárez (UPM)
  • Autor: Pedro Pérez Martínez (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Planificación del Transporte
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