Transform Scotland - For Sustainable Transport

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Reduce road traffic levels

We want to see reduced levels of traffic on our roads.

We need sustainable land use planning, better travel alternatives, and for transport to cover its external costs.

Road traffic reduction is the most vital component of a sustainable transport policy. A transport strategy that is not founded on reducing road traffic levels is not, nor should claim to be, a sustainable transport strategy.

Too much traffic divides communities and degrades the environment, in rural as well as urban areas. In short, less traffic tends to mean fewer air pollution deaths, less congestion costs, less community severance, and less impact on the natural environment.

Critically, there appears to be little or no chance of hitting climate change emission reduction targets without reducing road traffic levels, and government needs to give a clear lead that it wants transport policy to reduce road traffic.