Comment: How exactly?

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How exactly?

Auction off the roads to the highest bidder, and then all maintenance becomes the responsibility of the new owner? Toll roads are one thing when you have a small number of entry and exit points, but how, practically, would the owner of a residential road, say, collect fees?

Suppose I buy the road outside my house, and then tell the neighbor across the street on this lttle dead-end section of road that it's going to cost them a million a year to access the road, is that my right as the new road owner? Sadly for them there's really no other practical way for them to get to their property. And if they don't pay, can I refuse them access? If that reduces their property values to approximately zero, then I'll take that property off their hands cheap. It's worth something to me even if it isn't worth anything to anyone else.

Where does the plan of road privatization stop that sort of thing from happening, or does it?

I'm not disputing that private ownership, etc., can be far more efficient, but this is the sort of thing where it's hard to see how to make the transition. Except on roads where some sort of toll system (with some sort of enforcement mechanism) is possible, and multiple routes exist so that there's competition, which is teh sort of real-world situation where it makes good sense.