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Speed behaviour of car drivers: a statistical analysis of acceptance of changes in speed policies in the Netherlands

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  • Rienstra, S.A.

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Rietveld, P.

Abstract

Lowering speed of car drivers will have positive impacts on environmental pollution and the number of road accidents. It is therefore a potentially interesting policy option for governments which want to reduce negative externalities of transport. In this paper the acceptance of such polities is analyzed by means of a survey questionnaire among car drivers and public transport users. First, an analysis is presented on the general speed behaviour, the behaviour on distinct road types, the acceptance of lower limits, and the acceptance and perception of electronic speed limiters. Next, a statistical analysis of subgroups is carried out. It is concluded that the speed of car drivers is in general not considered as a main problematic issue by drivers and non-drivers; therefore there is little scope for the acceptance of changes in speed polities. When speed polities are changed (lower limits) it seems most effective to emphasize safety aspects in order to increase support of the public. However, psychological factors of speed behaviour may play an important role in this respect.

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Paper provided by VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics in its series Serie Research Memoranda with number 0007.

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Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:vuarem:1996-7

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  1. Nijkamp, Peter & Rienstra, Sytze A., 1995. "Sustainable transport in a compact city," Serie Research Memoranda 0042, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
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  1. Mogens Fosgerau, 2004. "Speed and income," Urban/Regional 0405002, EconWPA.
  2. van Ommeren, Jos & Fosgerau, Mogens, 2008. "Workers' marginal costs of commuting," MPRA Paper 12010, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Erik Verhoef & Jan Rouwendal & Piet Rietveld, 1997. "Congestion caused by Speed Differences," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 97-105/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  4. F.R. Bruinsma & P. Rietveld & D.J. van Vuuren, 1999. "Unreliability in Public Transport Chains," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 98-130/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  5. Erik Verhoef & Jan Rouwendal & Piet Rietveld, 1997. "Congestion caused by Speed Differences," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 97-105/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  6. Giles, Margaret J., 2004. "Driver speed compliance in Western Australia: a multivariate analysis," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 227-235, July.
  7. Olof Johansson-Stenman & Peter Martinsson, 2005. "Anyone for higher speed limits? – Self-interested and adaptive political preferences," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 122(3), pages 319-331, March.
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