Green Waves

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Really could not make this stuff up and if you did would have been awarded the Tinfoil Hat.

However the DfT has finally admitted in a half arrsed way that traffic light systems have for years effectively been set up to increase congestion, fuel consumption and thus raise revenue for the Treasury.

So their latest policy is to encourage traffic flow via a positive green light policy, the so called 'green wave'. There is no new technology nor great stroke of genius in this, just reversal of a bonkers policy decision based on a stupid pricing model: theoretical higher tax revenues resulting from the slowing of traffic flow were somehow counted as a "benefit". :?

"Previously the Department for Transport (DfT) had discouraged the systems which reduce fuel use, resulting in less tax being paid to the Treasury.

But now, rather than seeing green wave systems as a "cost" to the public purse, the DfT views them as a "benefit"."


"The latest government guidance to local authorities on transport issues is contained in a document called the New Approach to Appraisal.

It states that it is "counter-intuitive" to view the higher tax revenues from discouraging green wave schemes as a "benefit". "




/http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7998182.stm
 
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