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Transport policy and transport tax reform

Potter, Stephen; Parkhurst, Graham


Stephen Potter


We are now entering a new phase of transport policy fiscal instruments. Rather than reforming existing measures, the UK and several other countries are moving towards replacing the whole transport taxation regime. This article reviews the ways that car taxation is used internationally to promote fuel economy, cleaner fuels and reduce traffic growth. Fiscal measures to manage traffic growth in the UK have faced political difficulties and, since 2000, have given way to a somewhat random set of policy decisions, together with a shift in focus towards the dominant issue of congestion reduction. An eventual replacement of existing car taxation measures with a new national road user charging regime is now contemplated, but there is a danger that the confusion in purpose that now characterizes transport taxation policy could be carried over to the new regime. © CIPFA, 2005.


Potter, S., & Parkhurst, G. (2005). Transport policy and transport tax reform. Public Money and Management, 25(3), 171-178.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2005
Journal Public Money and Management
Print ISSN 0954-0962
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
Pages 171-178
Keywords transport policy, transport tax, tax reform
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Additional Information Additional Information : Joint author. Output of project 'Taxation Futures for Sustainable Mobility' funded (£40,000) by ESRC Environment & Behaviour Programme (co-applicant). Conference presentations: Mendrisio (CH), Newcastle, London. Featured highlight on ESRC Regard database. Reported in BBC media.