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Taxing Cars With Attitude

Lane, Ben; Potter, Stephen and Warren, James (2006). Taxing Cars With Attitude. In: Low CVP Low Carbon Road Transport Challenge, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (Low CVP) Annual Conference 2006, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, Harps Ltd, Essex, UK, pp. 41–47.

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It is now becoming clear that the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association) CO2 voluntary agreement for a reduction to 140 g/km for 2008-2009 is unlikely to be met. Furthermore, delivering the target of 120 g/km by 2012 now looks improbable. Although pressure for mandatory regulation grows, for a limited time there remains an opportunity to increase the effectiveness of existing consumer price signals to encourage the uptake of low carbon cars.

This paper proposes a new approach to designing an effective low carbon taxation regime. This is to start by identifying the most accessible attitudinal levers with which to modify consumer behaviour. This achieved, a taxation system is then devised to influence attitudes and behaviour to maximum effect. In this way, the attitude-action gap is bridged, exploiting the most efficient links between tax policy, consumer attitudes, car purchasing behaviour and carbon impact.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2006 The Authors
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Keywords: attitude-action gap; taxation of cars; car buyer behaviour; low carbon vehicles; theory of planned behaviour; car buyer
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
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Item ID: 48013
Depositing User: James Warren
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 09:44
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 20:17
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