The paper puts forward arguments that motor vehicles are not the major sources of environmental pollution in western Europe, where it is suggested that 80 per cent of atmospheric emissions are from industry and other sources. Motor vehicles contribute to economic progress, and the trend is for their increasing use. At present, 90 per cent of all passenger traffic and 70 per cent of freight traffic travels on roads. The automobile industry has made substantial advances in reducing fuel consumption and developing new engine technology. Legislation introduced by European governments has introduced more stringent sulphur and carbon dioxide emission requirements. Examples are given to show that modern road infrastructure, particularly motorways, is increasingly environmentally friendly. It is also argued that environmental enhancements can be paid for by revenues generated by road systems.


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  • Pagination: 8 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00729259
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM