Summary of Theory, Data, Methods, and Results: Report #1 in the Series: The Annualized Social Cost of Motor-Vehicle Use in the United States, Based on 1990-1991 Data

This report is the first in a series of 20 that attempt to document the social cost of motor-vehicle use in the United States. The author suggests that beyond the hundreds of billions of dollars American drivers spend on vehicles, maintenance, fuel, tires, insurance, parking, tolls, registration and other items, there are a number of other costs to society. Those costs are bundled in the prices of non-transportation goods and services, such as “free” parking at a shopping mall, the costs of police protection, the judicial and legal system, the prison system, the protection of oil supplies, etc. In addition, there are the social costs of air pollution, pain and suffering due to accidents, and travel time. In the summary of costs of motor-vehicle use he provides a low and high cost, as well as low and high percentage of total for six categories.


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  • Accession Number: 01155565
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCD-ITS-RR-96-03(01)_rev1
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 2 2010 3:47PM