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Germany's Autobahn Toll for Heavy Goods Vehicles after four Years: Experiences and Perspectives

  • On January 1st, 2005, Germany introduced a road charging system for all heavy goods vehicles (HGV) using the country's Autobahn network (i.e. the country's main interstate highways). The introduction of this so-called Lkw-Maut (HGV toll) marked a watershed event in the history of Germany's transport policy as it represented the first ever deviation from the traditional approach of financing road infrastructures out of the general budget. In our paper we will first provide an overview of the current legal and institutional framework of the German Lkw-Maut regime. Then we will analyse its performance and shortcomings since its implementation in 2005, using a model which enhances the traditional theory of club goods by incorporating the relevance of the degree of rivalry for the efficient provision of road infrastructures. Key words: Electronic road pricing, congestion charging, infrastructure planning JEL codes: G 28, L91, L98

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Author:Andreas Knorr, André Heinemann, Alexander Eisenkopf
Series (Serial Number):FÖV Discussion Papers (53)
Publisher:Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung
Place of publication:Speyer
Document Type:Working Paper
Date of Publication (online):2009/12/01
Date of first Publication:2009/12/01
Publishing Institution:Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung
Release Date:2016/06/16
Out of Print?:Nein
Page Number:26
Documents ordered by chairs:Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Wirtschafts- und Verkehrspolitik (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Knorr)
Documents of the German Research Institute for Public Administration (FÖV):Sonstige Schriften
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt