Understanding high car use in relation to policy measures based on Swedish data

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Globally, transport increases its share of emissions and the transport sector desperately needs an efficient climate policy including efficient strategies to reduce unsustainable levels of car use. By providing insights into the profile of passenger mileage by car in relation to levels estimated to be sustainable in 2050, this work gives insight into who will, and who needs to, be affected by policies and measures to achieve climate goals. The study, using Swedish national travel behaviour data, in line with international research, shows that a minority produces the majority of all passenger mileage by car. Adding an analysis of the national attitudinal study to the national travel behavioural data reveals that the high mileage producers further belong to groups with a low inclination to adopt sustainable behaviour, i.e. men, the middle aged and frequent car users. Policies and measures proposed to reduce unsustainable levels of car use need to be tailored to those groups in order to be efficient.


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  • Transport Systems and Logistics
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


  • Attitudes, Car use, Transport policy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-36
JournalCase Studies on Transport Policy
Issue number1
Early online date2018 Nov 9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch