Pricing and Cost Recovery in Long Distance Transport

  • D. N. M. Starkie
  • M. R. Grenning
  • M. M. Starrs

Part of the Developments in Transport Studies book series (DITS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. H. M. Kolsen, G. E. Docwra
      Pages 19-47
    2. J. H. E. Taplin
      Pages 49-60
    3. D. N. M. Starkie
      Pages 61-75
    4. G. E. Docwra, H. M. Kolsen
      Pages 77-92
  3. Sector Reviews

    1. J. W. Moll
      Pages 93-120
    2. G. Mansfield, D. Russell, M. Grenning
      Pages 121-156
  4. Freight Transport, Problems and Issues

    1. P. R. Grimwood, J. K. Stanley
      Pages 157-165
    2. R. J. Filmer, A. R. Scott, D. S. Short
      Pages 167-183
    3. P. F. Amos
      Pages 185-196
    4. F. N. Affleck
      Pages 197-208
  5. Passenger Transport, Problems and Issues

    1. M. Michell
      Pages 209-223
    2. F. D. Gallagher
      Pages 225-242
    3. D. K. Johnston
      Pages 243-254
  6. Implementation

  7. Summary of Discussion and Seminar Conclusions

    1. D. N. M. Starkie, M. R. Grenning, M. M. Starrs
      Pages 277-291
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 293-301

About this book


The 1977 BTE Report on Cost Recovery in Australian Transport 1974-75 provided estimates of the aggregate level of financial cos~ recovery in the various modes, by broad transport task. It suggested that there were substantial differences between modes in the level of cost recovery. The 1979 Transport Pricing and Cost Recovery seminar concluded that economic efficiency objectives required more attention 1n transport pricing and investment decisions than had been apparent in the past. The principles for economically efficient pricing were spelt out, and several specific issues were identified, which are worth following up in this seminar. These include reconciliation of financial and econom1C efficiency objectives and the identification of appropriate revenue targets; specification of the changes 1n accounting and management information systems which would be required to implement more economically rational pricing; and identification of the principles for estimating compensation for public service obligations. Finally, a brief account 18 given of recent BTE work on cost recovery in general aviation, and in road and rail transport. BTE has suggested that econom1C efficiency considerations would require substantial modification to the present means of collecting revenue from general aviation, with more reliance placed on direct pricing measures like flight-specific alr navigation charges and airport movement charges. On road-rail competition, an order of magnitude comparison of road and rail cost recovery in the Adelaide-Victorian border corridor suggests that only the road mode approximately covers short-run avoidable costs and that both modes fail to cover long-run avoidable costs.


accounting competition development efficiency information information system investment management management information system organization pricing regulation science and technology service transport

Editors and affiliations

  • D. N. M. Starkie
    • 1
  • M. R. Grenning
    • 2
  • M. M. Starrs
    • 3
  1. 1.University of AdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Department of TransportAustralia
  3. 3.South Australian Department of TransportAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7593-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7591-0
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