Public perceptions of equity in environmental policy: Traffic emissions policy in an English urban area

  • Dietz S
  • Atkinson G
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Abstract

Analyses how the residents from four Southwark neighbourhoods perceive the fairness of measures to control road traffic emissions in London. Compares the residents' opinions on the economic impact and environmental benefits from congestion charging and the proposed Low Emissions Zone. Discusses the influence of social and economic status on support for the "polluter pays" principle. Considers the need for air quality policies to take residents' ability to pay into account. Questions whether improving air quality has a disproportionate effect on some communities.

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