THE PUBLIC ACCEPTABILITY OF SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT POLICIES: FINDINGS FROM THE BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY

1994 saw a major change in the UK government's approach to transport policy. The previous predict and provide philosophy has now been all but replaced by a recognition that demand for transport must be managed, by pricing and by other means. But a large question mark hangs over the public acceptability of the various new policy options, especially those that are seen to restrict motorists' freedom. These fears seem likely to both modify and delay the implementation of policies which may be necessare for sustainable development. Analysis of 1993 survey data by the authors investigated the depth and nature of public concern about transport and the environment, and examined attitudes to about 20 policy options. It is concluded that congestion and pollution form two largely unrelated dimensions of concern, and that support for a change in policy was generally lower than the concern expressed would imply, but found that there is a sizeable minority which is willing to make personal sacrifices to ensure a more sustainable environment. Use of the 1994 data allows us to build on this previous work. First, we examine the data for short run changes. Second, pooling data from the two year's surveys increases the sample size, allowing more detailed examination of the crucial issue of the acceptability of the various major policy options, among sub groups of the population, with differing social, political and travel characteristics. The analysis focuses on the role of car use, political values and party support, residential location, education and income in shaping attitudes. (A) For the covering abstract see IRRD 877018.

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 121-35

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722315
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-282-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM