Is it Time to Stop Subsidizing Drivers?


The True Costs of Automobility: External Costs of Cars Overview on existing estimates in EU-27(52 page pdf.  Dr. Ing. Udo J. Becker.Thilo Becker. Julia Gerlach. Technische Universitat Dresden, Oct. 12. 2012)

Also discussed here: The true costs of automobility Study about the external costs of car use in EU-27(The Greens in the European Parliament. Dec. 6, 2012)

And here: Car pollution, noise and accidents ‘cost every EU citizen £600 a year’ Researchers challenge view that drivers are overtaxed, saying they are subsidised by other taxpayers

(Peter Walker, the Guardian, Dec. 25, 2012)

Today we review a report on the costs of driving cars for the 27 countries in the EU. The results are startling: 373 Billion Euros total or 750 Euros per person each year. Most costs come from accidents and air pollution impacts. Reducing these costs to achieve greenhouse gas emission goals alone may miss more efficient cost reduction options. Although the details of this conclusion are not explained, it is assumed that long term fuel efficiency measures or implementing electric cars for example presents much more cost than applying a simple congestion tax or road toll to discourage needless driving. The belief that road and fuel taxes pay for all of the costs of driving is erroneous.

Cars in traffic share of costs

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