The operation and further development of the transport infrastructure pose major challenges for policymakers. Existing capacities are overloaded and the demand for investment is high. Furthermore, climate protection requires a fundamental reorientation. These challenges could be supported by a distance-based, variable toll system for passenger cars applied to all road networks, which would:
- Provide incentives to reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions,
- manage the utilization of existing capacities more efficiently
- and ensure stable and cause-related financing.
In this project, we are developing guidelines for a passenger car toll that meets the challenges of the transport transformation. The central questions are: How can the costs for the use of infrastructure as well as the impact on the climate, environment and health be charged appropriately? How can a toll system address individual needs in a differentiated manner and at the same time remain practicable and affordable? How can the concerns of municipalities be accounted for? And what kind of overall transport policy strategy should such a passenger car toll be embedded in?