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Is a $2 tax on Uber and taxi trips over the top?

Is a $2 tax on Uber and taxi trips over the top?

Alan DaviesAug 24, 20164 Comments

Victoria will put taxis and Uber on a common footing with light regulation. It will impose a $2 per trip tax on both modes to fund compensation for taxi license owners

Is urban transport too expensive?

Is urban transport too expensive?

Alan DaviesAug 23, 2016

The Australian Automobile Association reckons transport - especially driving - costs too much: it says households spend a "staggering" 13.3% of their weekly budget on transport

Should commuters pay to park at the station?

Should commuters pay to park at the station?

Alan DaviesJul 20, 201614 Comments

Commuter parking at outer suburban railway stations is usually free, leading to peak period shortages. The first step should be to charge for it

Do motorists pay their way?

Do motorists pay their way?

Alan DaviesJun 2, 20169 Comments

The idea of congestion charging would be easier to "sell" if the focus were on replacing revenue from existing taxes and charges like the fuel excise and registration fees

Are electric vehicles a game changer?

Are electric vehicles a game changer?

Alan DaviesMay 31, 20164 Comments

The outlook for plug-in electric vehicles powered by clean energy looks promising but they aren't likely to ameliorate major urban issues like traffic congestion and sprawl

When is too many High Lines too much?

When is too many High Lines too much?

Alan DaviesMay 25, 20165 Comments

Utopia's Rhonda would love the idea of turning Melbourne's Chandler Hwy bridge into a "High Line", but its key role for cyclists and pedestrians should be paramount

How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

Alan DaviesApr 27, 201614 Comments

City managers aren't doing much to get ready for self-driving vehicles yet the signs are they'll be ready to use on public roads very soon - as autonomous buses and trams

How much time do we really spend on work-related travel?

How much time do we really spend on work-related travel?

Alan DaviesMar 23, 20166 Comments

The duration of the average work-related trip in Melbourne is consistent with other large world cities in developed countries but the average doesn't show there's considerable variation by mode

How much do inner city residents love their cars?

How much do inner city residents love their cars?

Alan DaviesMar 10, 20169 Comments

Even in the dense, congested and walkable inner city suburbs of Australian cities, car ownership rates - and consequently the demand for parking - are remarkably high

Will simply building more public transport seriously suppress car use?

Will simply building more public transport seriously suppress car use?

Alan DaviesFeb 18, 201652 Comments

The Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for cities is welcome. Now he needs to come to grips with the painful reality of how ineffectual most of the fashionable urban policy prescriptions are

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