Two pay-as-you-drive trials planned

Two trial road pricing, or pay-as-you drive, schemes are to be introduced, one in Amsterdam and one on the motorways between Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague, reports Tuesday’s Financieele Dagblad.

Transport minister Camiel Eurlings is expected to present the two pilot schemes to the cabinet on Friday, the paper says.
In Amsterdam cameras will register motorists’ use of the A10 ring road and charge them accordingly.
In the second proposal, a satellite will keep an eye on use of the motorways between Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague (the so-called Randstad) during rush-hour and reward motorists who avoid this route.
‘It is the stick and carrot method,’ an anonymous source told the paper, adding that he expects Eurlings to get the go-ahead from the cabinet.
A system which rewards drivers for avoiding the rush hour rather than one that imposes a kilometre tax (such as the trial scheme in Amsterdam) has the support of the coalition parties, the paper says.
Big businesses are already lining up to cash in on the equipment that will be required when the kilometre tax is introduced.
Semiconductor makers NXP, formerly part of Philips, is bidding for the satellite system for the Randstad scheme according to the FD source, although NXP denies this.
Telecommunications company KPN is interested in the gsm link between the satellite and cars and IT firm LogicaCMG has its eye on the computer software needed to work out how much motorists must pay.
Eurlings wants to introduce a kilometre tax for all motorists as part of a package of measures to reduce jams.
Calculations by motoring organisations indicate that pay-as-you-drive schemes will lead to a 40% reduction in traffic jams. The minister wants to go national with the scheme in 2016.

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