This paper describes the Dutch traffic and transport policy to cope with congestion, environmental, and road safety problems due to the increasing motor traffic use. An important starting point for Dutch policy is the proposition that the functioning of the traffic and transport system in and around the larger cities is crucial to: (1) the functioning of the whole national network; and (2) to the position of the Netherlands as a distribution country. It is important to ensure the optimum accessibility for activities, where the optimum is determined by the balance between the quality of life and economics. The Dutch policy has chosen: (a) to reduce the growth in the non- essential car use ("single occupancy"); (b) to encourage travel by public transport and by bicycle; and (c) to adequately maintain the existing infrastructure. The Dutch traffic and transport policy and approach for the period up to the year 2010 is included in the Transport Structure Plan. General policy measures relating to pricing and location are the cornerstones of an effective national and urban traffic and transport policy. The central policy frameworks are put into effect in the regional traffic and transport plans. The city of Houten is briefly described as an example that fits in well with the national traffic and transport policy. For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 867839.


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  • Pagination: p. 11-23

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  • Accession Number: 00675819
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1995 12:00AM