Mechanised transport uses nearly 20 percent of the useful energy available in Britain, and almost one third of the petroleum products. Although the contribution of transport to economic and social progress is often ignored, the author examines means of minimising energy requirements by increasing efficiency of power plants, substitution of scarce or expensive fuel, and reducing demand. It is unlikely that battery powered vehicles could be made to function more efficiently than those powered by the internal combustion engine. Energy savings by a shift to rail transport would be small if road journeys at either end of rail travel were not eliminated. There is little sign that less expensive public transport can attract those with private cars readily available. The author argues that the demand for transport may reflect a failure to organise society efficiently and equitably; transport restraint may force a re-examination of the present pattern of activity with a resultant improvement in the style of life. /TRRL/

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  • Authors:
    • Silverleaf, A
  • Publication Date: 1976-10-14

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 12-13
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 72
    • Issue Number: 1022
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00147859
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1981 12:00AM