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Sustainability is founded on three pillars: economic, ecological and social. Anyone seeking to pursue a sustainable transport policy must take all three of these into account. In Europe, however, it is apparent that many countries nowadays tend to focus their support above all on economic and ecological criteria, while neglecting social aspects of transport policy. One example of this is that people without their own car find it very difficult to get to hospitals or other institutions. Another example relates to transport costs: in many cases, transport costs on average account for more than 15% of the household budget. This lecture focuses on the question: How should a comprehensive and professional sustainable transport policy look like? Using examples from 10 countries, nine aspects will be put forward that can achieve this. They include:
- Adjusting mobility costs per household
- Minimising social exclusion in terms of mode of transport and
- Reducing CO2 emissions.
Dr. Johan Frederik (Hans) Jeekel was a member of the Dutch parliament from 1995 to 1998. His interests included house-building, information policy and road traffic safety. After leaving parliament, he became involved in public spaces and making towns more ecological. He works with Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch national road and water agency. However his presentation will focus on his current role as Board Secretary for the Association for European Transport and lecturer at the Technical University in Eindhoven.
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