A SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS
The RDRF welcomes:
The change away from previous transport
strategies by recognising the unsustainability of increasing car
use, and the desirability of less dependence on the private car.
The encouragement for local authorities
to pursue their own strategies based on local needs.
The importance accorded to land use
The focus on different types of integration
in transport strategy.
The potential for local authorities
to spend money derived from forms of taxation on car use.
The endorsement of the National Cycling
The review of policy on speed.
The intention of not achieving a
reduction in casualties by having fewer vulnerable road users
in the road environment.
The commitment to take enforcement
of at least some parts of road traffic law seriously.
The consideration of children's ability
to walk or cycle to school.
The consideration of re-allocation
of road space from cars to pedestrians.
We are, however, concerned that the vision
of integrated sustainable transport which is in many places apparent
in the White Paper will not be fulfilled because:
There are insufficient instruments,
whether through law enforcement, fiscal measures or land-use planning
to ensure that the goal of a sustainable integrated transport
system is achieved.
This is further exacerbated by the
apparent lack of urgency in passing necessary legislation.
There is no commitment to traffic
reduction, merely to reduction in it's growth.
There is a lack of understanding
that increasing car ownership tends to lead to increasing traffic.
Excess motor traffic is seen as primarily
an urban problem, rather than a problem which also has severe
implications for rural areas.
Without clearer controls and assistance
local authorities will be unable to control the problems of excessive
car use, and will see themselves as being the recipients of problems
which could have been addressed more thoroughly at the level of
The Government continues to see safety
as being analogous to absence of casualties from road crashes,
despite an awareness that lack of casualties is not only different
from, but can coincide with danger rather than safety.
There may be insufficient controls
on the extent and nature of road freight use.
There has not been consideration
of large retail outlets for inclusion in potential car taxation
There has not been adequate recognition
of the magnitude of the hearts and minds element of awareness
raising about transport issues with the associated investment