What About Tolling Big Trucks? by Robert Poole Jr.

In mid-April, German transport minister Andreas Scheuer announced that revenues from truck tolling are projected to increase from about €4.8 billion per year to €7.2 billion a year. The increase is due to the expansion of German truck tolling, as of 2018, from only the autobahns to all 40,000 km of federal roads.

Since civil engineers know that heavy trucks account for the lion’s share of pavement damage, we here in the United States periodically hear calls for starting the transition from per-gallon fuel taxes to per-mile charges with mileage-based tolls for trucks. Unfortunately, this is currently outside the realm of U.S. political feasibility. The U.S. trucking industry has long been opposed to any and all expansion of tolling, and views mileage-based user In mid-April, German transport minister Andreas Scheuer announced that revenues from truck tolling are projected to increase from about €4.8 billion per year to €7.2 billion a year. The increase is due to the expansion of German truck tolling, as of 2018, from only the autobahns to all 40,000 km of federal roads.

Since civil engineers know that heavy trucks account for the lion’s share of pavement damage, we here in the United States periodically hear calls for starting the transition from per-gallon fuel taxes to per-mile charges with mileage-based tolls for trucks. Unfortunately, this is currently outside the realm of U.S. political feasibility. The U.S. trucking industry has long been opposed to any and all expansion of tolling.

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