Via Nathan Pachal, here’s a paper about road pricing for freight that concludes, not surprisingly, that you might be able to ease peak-hour road congestion a bit by charging truckers for using roads at peak times.  Yeah, that seems right.  But are truckers really who we want to charge for using the roads?

The whole idea that you’d want to ease congestion at rush hour by getting truckers off the road smacks of a transportation policy that’s catering to people who commute by car.   But making it easier for people to commute by car is a bad thing.  We want people to get out of their cars and find other ways of getting to work.  So don’t we want to find ways of charging commuters for using the road, and not truckers?