On The Move: Limiting Car Usage In Industrialized Economies


More and more government officials, urban planners, and public transport operators around the world have begun experimenting with techniques to combat increasing rates of private motorization and car usage. These techniques are called vehicle demand management, a blanket term that refers to policies and strategies that seek to limit vehicle ownership and usage. The goal of vehicle demand management is to mitigate vehicular traffic volume in order to relieve traffic congestion, improve air quality, enhance public health, and promote other sustainable modes of transport. Limitations on vehicle ownership include quotas on vehicle registration, whereas limitations on vehicle use discourage travel or enact trip restrictions. Both types include economic or regulatory instruments, or a combination of both.

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