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Restricting the use of cars by license plate numbers: a misguided urban transport policy

Cantillo, Victor and de Dios Ortúzar, Juan (2014) Restricting the use of cars by license plate numbers: a misguided urban transport policy. Dyna; Vol. 81, núm. 188 (2014); 75-82 DYNA; Vol. 81, núm. 188 (2014); 75-82 2346-2183 0012-7353 .

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Several conurbations in Latin America have implemented policies to restrict the use of private cars by prohibiting those with a license plate number ending on some digit, which vary each day, from circulating on that weekday. These policies have been formulated as a “second best” option to congestion charging as the latter policy has been deemed politically unfeasible so far. The idea underlying license plate restrictions is very simple: by not allowing a proportion of the total number of vehicles to circulate on a given day, congestion levels and other externalities are expected to decrease, improving the quality of life for people. Based on a simple microeconomic analysis, supported by a review of the literature and by evidence collected in several cities where these restrictions have been implemented, it is concluded that the policy is apparently effective only in the very short-term, but ultimately it fails to achieve its objectives and usually leads to a worse outcome.

Tipo de documento:Artículo - Article
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Palabras clave:Car restrictions, externalities, urban policies.
Unidad administrativa:Revistas electrónicas UN > Dyna
Código ID:46761
Enviado por : Dirección Nacional de Bibliotecas STECNICO
Enviado el día :04 Febrero 2015 17:48
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