Ekonomiska styrmedel för en hållbar personbilstrafik: konsekvenser för tillgänglighet: en kunskapsöversikt

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Lisa Hansson

This report aims to provide knowledge on how economic instruments for the greening of private car traffic have been addressed in accessibility research with an equity and distribution perspective. The focus is on instruments that are designed to give economic incentives for environmental adjustments and are in operation in Sweden and Norway. The report begins with a review of economic instruments for the greening of private car traffic in force in Sweden and Norway. The instruments have been classified into three groups: those linked to vehicle characteristics, those linked to fuel, and tolls and congestion charges. This review is followed by a presentation of international accessibility research; how equity and distribution are conceptualized and researched within this field and the central empirical findings. The report continues with a review of how these instruments have been discussed and assessed to date in accessibility research with a focus on equity and distribution-related consequences. The report ends with a number of thematic areas of relevance for upcoming research in Sweden and Norway The literature review indicates that an intensified emphasis on economic instruments targeting private car traffic for the transition to an environmentally sustainable transport system in the transport policy of many Western countries has led to increased interest in these instruments in accessibility research. Characteristic of the literature under review is that the expected consequences of these instruments are discussed in relation to empirical results from accessibility research studies, but the instruments as such have not yet been the object of empirical research within this field to any large extent. Throughout the literature the economic instruments are regarded as increasing inequities in transport in terms of accessibility. Essentially, the explanation offered is that the context in which these economic instruments operate, and which controls their outcomes, is a society that is car-oriented in respect of land use patterns and transport infrastructure. This means that groups whose finances are under strain face severe barriers in accessing society’s goods and services and in reaching a reasonable standard of living and quality of life without using a car to get around. Accessibility research does not reject the economic instruments as such. What it criticizes is that these instruments do not seem to be accompanied by wide-ranging changes in land use planning and investment in alternative transport infrastructure.

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