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

Keywords

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

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