THE MOTOR VEHICLE, FUEL CONSUMPTION AND THE FUTURE

The reality of life in a world with finite energy resources is now apparent to many Australians, and our institutions are currently taking action to change our lifestyle to one more compatible with expected availability of energy in future years. Australia's main problem is in the supply of liquid fuel for transportation and, in this area, conservation is the most direct, and readily applied, course of action. The private motor vehicle is, of course, a key area of consideration in any program to reduce liquid fuel usage, and there are many who advocate that this facet of our lifestyle should be actively discouraged in favour of public transportation systems. This paper puts forward the view that the contribution of the motor vehicle to our economic and social systems should be recognised before this course of action is adopted. The contribution is in fact, quite substantial and analysis also indicates that public transportation may not be the panacea that its advocates believe. The paper concludes that we should fight to preserve the concept of flexible personal transportation, and that our first action should be to develop a new generation of fuel efficient vehicles. Close co-operation of government and industry will be required to achieve this objective (A). (TRRL)

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 215-223

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  • Accession Number: 00330282
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM