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Analysing the heavy goods vehicle “écotaxe” in France: Why did a promising idea fail in implementation?

Rigot-Müller, Patrick

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 2018, vol. 118, issue C, 147-173

Abstract: In October 2014, France abandoned the implementation of the écotaxe, a major country-wide Electronic Tolling System (ETS) designed to charge for the use of national and local roads, which were not covered by the traditional toll system. The écotaxe originated from a political consensus and was designed with the collaboration of business stakeholders. However, unforeseen implementation difficulties resulted in a renouncement at a late stage, when the infrastructure was already deployed. According to a recent report from the French body in charge of auditing public expenses, it generated a cost of 953 million euros. In analysing what happened during the policy delivery stage, this paper provides insights to policymakers in countries where ETS is envisaged.

Keywords: Road tax acceptance; Transport policy; Freight transport; Green taxation; Greater Paris (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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