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Title: Exploring the effect of local transport policies on the adoption of low emission vehicles: Evidence from the London Congestion Charge and Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Authors: Morton, Craig
Lovelace, Robin
Anable, Jillian
Keywords: Hybrid electric vehicle demand
Congestion charging
Local transport policy
Spatial diffusion
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: MORTON, C., LOVELACE, R. and ANABLE, J., 2017. Exploring the effect of local transport policies on the adoption of low emission vehicles: Evidence from the London Congestion Charge and Hybrid Electric Vehicles. Transport Policy, 60, pp. 34-46.
Abstract: The London Congestion Charge (LCC) is a transport policy with a precise spatial footprint. As such, its impact on the transport system can be expected to vary over space, providing an opportunity to explore the geographical reach of local transport interventions. This paper assesses whether the exemption of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) from the LCC affected the registration rate of these vehicles in Greater London and the surrounding areas. The analysis uses official data on the number of HEVs registered across the local authorities of the United Kingdom. This dataset is assessed using [1] exploratory spatial analysis to determine the degree of spatial variation in HEV registrations, [2] area classifications to consider if HEV registrations diminish as nearness to the LCC recedes, and [3] spatial regression models to evaluate the association between distance to the LCC and HEV registrations, controlling for other area characteristics (i.e. socioeconomic, household, and transport system variables). The results clearly show that nearness to the LCC is positively associated with HEV registrations, implying that this form of transport policy is effective at promoting the adoption of low emission vehicles.
Description: This paper was published in the journal Transport Policy and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2017.08.007.
Sponsor: This research has been made possible due to a grant provided by the ClimateXChange centre of expertise in Scotland.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2017.08.007
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/28314
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2017.08.007
ISSN: 0967-070X
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