In a system where externalized costs are paid directly -- in this case the truckers:
1. The trucker has a choice to pay them, mitigate them, or not use the roads
2. The trucker then has a choice whether to pass some or all of the costs to his customers
3. His customers have a choice whether to hire the trucker or use alternative transport
These series of choices lead to optimization and efficiency.
As it is, truckers are incentivized to ignore the damage they cause to roads. The only rational reason to continue the way we have it now is if the cost of addressing the externality (aka more administration) is more expensive than the addressable inefficiency.
There is one way to find out.
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on Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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