Last Updated:
17 Apr 2021

Tolling Principles

Author: Matt Bull and Anita Mauchan

Highway tolls can provide a new, stable and dedicated source of funding of highway infrastructure. By applying the ‘user pays’ principle, governments can direct scarce budget resources elsewhere and the highway user pays for the service offered by the highway in the same way that railways, pipelines, power grids, water, broadcasting and broadband networks are paid for. This short brief highlights the benefits, challenges and consequences of  highway tolling programs.