By Iain Docherty, Jon Shaw
Comprising contributions from a number specialists, this quantity bargains a serious remark at the government's sustainable shipping coverage.
- A serious remark at the Blair government's sustainable delivery coverage and its implementation.
- Firmly rooted in an appreciation of the politics of this arguable field.
- Experts give a contribution up to date analyses of the most important issues.
- Will tell debate over the way forward for shipping policy.
- Includes a Foreword via David Begg, Chair of the fee for built-in Transport.
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In its first Budget, the government even raised the fuel tax escalator – the additional annual increase in fuel duty above inflation introduced by the Conservatives on the advice of the RCEP – from five per cent to six per cent. The sustainability of economic prosperity was highlighted as equally important by Labour. Keen to be portrayed as ‘the party of business’, the new approach to transport policy was presented as being in the interests of key producers. 37 This was seen as particularly important in London, where the reduction of average travel speeds to near nonmotorized levels was perceived as a serious disincentive to economic development.
60 In other words, POLICY, POLITICS AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT 19 a substantial constituency for more sustainable transport policies has emerged, as increasing numbers of people felt their quality of life to be significantly diminished by the impacts of road traffic. If ever there was an opportunity for a government to demonstrate leadership by seeking to convince the public that radical initiatives such as pricing were necessary to address their underlying concerns, this was it. It could be argued that one of the most fundamental underlying messages in the 10-Year Plan – indeed the message which marked the Plan out as the point where Labour’s retreat from sustainable transport became fully apparent – was the much reduced emphasis placed on demand management.
50 See Goodwin, P et al. (1991) Transport: the new realism, and Goodwin, P (1997) Solving congestion. Inaugural lecture for the professorship of transport policy, University College London. 51 Transport Act (2000) Public general Acts – Elizabeth II. Chapter 38. The Stationery Office, London. 52 Financial Times (2001) 11 October, 10. 28 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 IAIN DOCHERTY Commission for Integrated Transport (1999) National road traffic targets. CfIT, London, 19.