Most of the media coverage of the Henry tax review released over the weekend has looked at the immediate changes planned for businesses and individuals, but it also contains some more far-reaching suggestions. Amongst those options is the idea of using GPS tracking for congestion charging on busy roads.
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Josh Taylor at ZDNet reports that Henry has estimated that city congestion will be a $20 billion cost by 2020, and that road or fuel taxes should be adjusted to reflect this, rather than seeing those roads subsidised by all tax payers. The review proposes GPS technology (combined with electronic tags like those already used for freeways) could potentially be used for such a purpose.
Congestion charging is often controversial (in the UK, it was widely viewed as a factor in seeing London mayor Ken Livingstone voted out of office). Do you think congestion charging via GPS is a sensible idea? Share your support or your objections in the comments?