The proportion of overall national energy consumed by public transport in urban areas is found to be insignificant, whereas private transport consumption is found to be significant. The paper therefore focuses attention on the direct energy consumption characteristics of motor vehicles, identifying aspects where potential savings could be made. Consideration is given to the range of measures which could reduce energy consumption levels by private transport. These measures are seen as falling into two basic groups: those which reduce the fuel consumption rates for private transport; and those which reduce the travel demands for private transport. These measures would have identifiable implications on the mobility levels of public and private transport users, taking into account the higher mobility potential of private transport in Australian cities. The time scale over which the various measures could be effective is discussed. It is concluded that significant savings in energy use in urban transport could be made and that initiatives being undertaken now, such as in vehicle design and public transport improvements should recognise these potential savings. /TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper from the Jubilee Conference of the Society of Automotive Engineers--Australasia, Melbourne, Australia, May 2-6, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers

    191 Royal Parade
    Parkville, Victoria 3052,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Ryan, M
  • Publication Date: 1977-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: n.p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 7710

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165582
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 14 1981 12:00AM