Royal Commission slams the brakes on "unsustainable" transport policy

"We are not anti-car or anti-lorry. But the growth in traffic which has been forecast cannot be accommodated in a sustainable transport policy." With these words, Sir John Houghton, Chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP), summarised the central conclusion of its long-awaited report on transport and the environment.1 The RCEP has made over 100 recommendations as part of an integrated approach to transport policy - including calls for a doubling of petrol prices in real terms, substantial increases in the fuel efficiency of new vehicles, halving of expenditure on trunk roads, new controls on transport-related land use, greater support for public transport, and targets to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from transport.

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