How does Clearways work?
The exact approach depends on the jurisdiction as it depends on existing and planned vehicle taxes such as gas taxes and registration charges. The basic scheme has the following components:
Optional – Customers are provided with the ability to opt-out of paying gas taxes and/or registration charges and opt-in to a Clearways scheme.
Financial savings – Customers choose a Clearways plan that suits their driving needs and habits. Clearways plans connect the vehicle to the cloud and charge a higher rate for peak period driving, with a lower rate for off-peak driving. Customers who minimise or eliminate peak hour driving are able to save a few hundred dollars per year.
Price promise – Customers who choose Clearways benefit from a price guarantee, meaning they will never pay more than the vehicle taxes they would have paid.
Has the Clearways approach been implemented anywhere?
Rewarding people for changing their driving behaviours has been successfully tested in trials in the Netherlands. Clearways is very new and so we are talking to governments around the world about implementing our approach.
How quickly could your scheme be up and running?
Clearways can start trials within a few months of being given the go ahead. The speed of adoption is up to governments.
How does your scheme differ from road pricing or a congestion charge?
Road pricing and congestion charges are compulsory taxes that punish drivers who have to travel during peak times. Clearways is a voluntary scheme that rewards drivers who are able to change their behaviour to avoid driving in the peak.
What impact will Clearways have on congestion?
Approximately 20% of people who drive during the peaks report that they are able to re-time their journeys. By getting just a quarter of these people to avoid driving during the peak, we can deliver a significant reduction in congestion every day.
How much does the scheme cost government?
Clearways is revenue neutral for government because of how we handle autonomous vehicles.
How much can road users save?
Road users who are able to change their behaviours are able to save hundreds of dollars/pounds/euros/yuan a year.
How much more will road users have to pay?
Clearways has a price guarantee. No road user will have to pay more than they do today compared to what they would pay through the existing system.
Does Clearways incorporate freight and van drivers?
How does Clearways impact on road safety?
Clearways improves road safety in a number of ways:
- By reducing vehicle miles travelled (VMT).
- Our connected vehicle platform can provide feedback about people’s driving style, informing them about hard braking, rapid acceleration and other events that indicate inefficient, unsafe or erratic driving habits
- Our points based reward system has the option of rewarding people for good driving behaviours such as keeping within the speed limit where customers want to participate.
- We are able to analyse routes and provide smarter, safer alternatives to avoid road safety risks such as passing schools and avoiding routes with poor safety performance.
How does Clearways affect fairness?
We directly improve the equity of our roads system in a couple of ways:
- Our voluntary opt-in approach with a price guarantee that no-one will pay more means that no-one on lower incomes will be worse off than they are today.
- The savings on offer for behaviour changes will be more significant to people on lower incomes as a proportion of income, improving their cash flow and making these drivers comparatively better off.
Is Clearways the beginning of privatisation of the roads?
No. Clearways makes no changes to the existing ownership or governance of the roads.
How will Clearways impact emissions?
Clearways reduces emissions by:
- Encouraging a faster uptake of EVs.
- Reducing congestion and so reducing emissions from conventionally fuelled vehicles.
How does Clearways tackle induced demand?
The Clearways approach continually increases the number of vehicles in the scheme and so changes in behaviour. This offsets induced demand impacts.