Willingness to change car use under a tradable driving credits scheme: A comparison between Beijing and The Netherlands

Nico Dogterom*, Meng Xu, Yue Bao, Dick Ettema

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Abstract

Recent years have seen a surge of interest in the concept of tradable driving credits (TDC) as an alternative to road pricing and driving restriction measures. However, empirical research into drivers’ responses to a TDC measure is limited and even lacking for the Chinese context where the concept of TDC has attracted considerable attention. This paper reports the results of a survey that was the first to investigate drivers’ willingness to change car use under a hypothetical distance-based TDC measure in China (Beijing) and aimed to compare these results with the results of a comparative Dutch survey. We observed that willingness to change was considerably higher in Beijing than in the Netherlands and that a substantial share of Beijing car owners indicated an increase in car use. In both contexts, higher education and higher car use intensity had a positive effect on the willingness to change, whereas higher income had a negative effect. We found mixed results for household size, respondents’ car attitudes, and TDC scenario characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-518
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Transport and Land Use
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

Funding

This research was funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) (grant no. 435-12-212) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSCF) (grant no. 71361130016), through their joint research program The Application of Operations Research in Urban Transport. The comments of the two anonymous reviewers are greatly appreciated.

FundersFunder number
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Operations Research in Urban Transport
National Stem Cell Foundation71361130016
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek435-12-212

    Keywords

    • Beijing
    • Car use
    • The Netherlands
    • Tradable driving credits
    • Travel demand management
    • Willingness to change

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