PUBLIC WILLINGNESS TO PAY FOR CLEAN AIR; A SURVEY OF COMMUNITY ATTITUDES

A three- stage project involving group discussions with the general public, in- depth interviews with community leaders, and a field survey of community attitudes was undertaken to determine community attitudes toward air pollution and public willingness to pay for clean air. Most people believe that manufacturers of products which cause air pollution should pay the cost of control. Almost 90 per cent of Sydney respondents believe that each person should be paying at least $25 each year on "built- in" methods to reduce air pollution. On average Sydney respondents are prepared to spend $17.66 per person annually in addition to their current expenditure of $25 in order to further reduce air pollution. Those willing to spend more than this tended to be younger and better educated. Fines for excessive exhaust emissions should be $124, and for disconnecting an emission control device, $253. Sydney people are prepared on average to increase their annual car costs by $61 to help reduce air pollution. If necessary they would be prepared to pay an additional 26 per cent on existing car costs overall, in order to retain the use of a car. Most people are prepared to limit the use of their car to some extent though males, 30-50 year olds, tertiary educated people and heavy drivers seem less willing to do so. People would be more prepared to limit the use of the cars if public transport were better, if the pollution rating was very high and during non-business periods such as weekends. (TRRL)

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    • This paper was a Australian Environment Council Report.
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    Australian Government Publishing Service

    Griffith A.C.T. Australia
    ,   United States 
  • Publication Date: 1982

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  • Accession Number: 00381089
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0 644 02069 5
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1984 12:00AM