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Some aspects of the fiscal burden on road-transport (English)

The financing of road construction comprises a substantial portion of the loans which the International Bank has extended in the past and the road sector is one in which the Bank can be expected to have a continuing interest.In view of this it seems worthwhile to formulate some general principles on the adequacy of the fiscal burden wqhich a government imposes on the road transport sector. This paper is a very preliminary attempt to contribute to the formulation of such principles.The problem of the amount of fiscal levies which should be imposed on road transportation can to a large extent be seen as a problem of pricing of government services. It has provoked considerable discussion in recent y-ears,= particularly in the United States where political and economic pressures have led to a very substantial increase in highway expenditures.This paper takes the view that neither economic analysis nor practical considerations dictate the rule that all financial outlays (including expenditures on new construction) made by the government in the highway field should be "covered" by tax receipts currently accruing from charges imposed on the users of the road system.


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    Some aspects of the fiscal burden on road-transport

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Some aspects of the fiscal burden on road-transport (English). Central Economics staff series,no. EC 57 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.