The three cornerstones for assessing the effectiveness of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) applications include mobility, safety, and environmental sustainability.
The transport system isn’t sustainable.
Sustainability is a long-term element with a social dimension that requires attention. The mobility of transport systems comes at the cost of economic, environmental, and social implications.
There’s a need to integrate transport, traffic or road safety, and environmental sustainability. An integrated strategy would entail translating a wide range of goals into a group of specific packages of measures for mutual reinforcement.
The way various players or stakeholders recognize the need for cooperation and their readiness to deploy it needs improvement. Enhancing communication is a good starting point.
Integration of transport, mobility, and road or traffic safety is beneficial for the synergy of actions involved and enhances optimization. However, it can also cause problems.
The 70s energy crises and environmental concern worldwide downplayed the vision of a “sustainable” transport system and development.
The transport system still lacks a functional and acceptable definition of the concept of “sustainability.” Qualitatively, the transport system shouldn’t endanger ecosystems and the health of the public, but still, get to meet consistent mobility needs.
The definition is achieved either using non-renewable resources below the development rates of renewable alternatives or using renewable resources below their regeneration rates.
Transport is people-centered, hence its social dimension should be focused on sustainability. This encompasses sustainable safety and the environment.
Finding ways to develop socially-equitable, environmentally-sound, and economically-viable transport systems is almost impossible. Although environmental concerns and traffic safety are considered in transport projects and plans, each element is handled separately.
The individual strategies cause administrative competition and conflicting measures. Various factors are considered when working on enhancing environmental protection and road safety.
Political decisions keep on changing.
Therefore, we’ve brought together different stakeholders and experts to discuss and review issues, including opportunities due to public concern and the need to develop advanced strategies and policies.
Particularly, the different groups on our platform study how methods of evaluation and planning tools can be developed and utilized to give road transport’s environmental and safety effects coordinated and equal consideration.
We publish the results of group assessments and surveys on integrated strategies for environment and transport safety.
Transport affects the economy positively and impacts the environment and road safety negatively. We discuss the magnitude of road safety globally, including the environmental impacts of transport.
The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport should be reduced significantly to help fight climate change. Modern transport is based on fossil fuel combustion, making it a major source of greenhouse gasses and air pollution.
Moreover, transport causes various environmental effects such as loss of open space and land, and noise pollution. However, transport is essential for economic and social development. It allows trade to take place and offers opportunities for education, employment, and leisure.
Therefore, there’s a need for sustainable mobility. Various measures have been put in place to overcome the safety and environmental challenges of transportation. The effects of environmental measures on road safety and vice versa are then of particular interest.
The various measures that have been designed include vehicle design standards to lower emissions at the source with the focus being protection from crashes. Improved vehicle use regulation, driver training, and vehicle inspection support the goals of the environment and road safety.
The conflicts cover noise barriers, roadside trees or de-icing salt use while convergence touch on measures of landscaping.
Introduction of traffic management strategies positively affect the environment if the goal is to limit traffic, speeds and parking. But, they may impact other measures differently. However, the effects on safety and the environment are negative if the focus is to reduce congestion.
Transport policy and coordinated planning of land use help solve issues concerning changes in transport behavior and rising demand for travel due to various processes.
India Transport Portal brings together different stakeholders to discuss and analyze road safety, the environment and mobility for policy-making purposes.