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Policy on Transport of Persons and Goods

The growth of the EU and the progress of globalisation have brought with them, unfortunately, also an increase in the amount of goods transported from place to place. To attempt to control and limit this volume of transported goods by raising the duties paid on it (e.g. by means of the toll recently introduced for heavy-goods vehicles) would be act to act contrary to the spirit of free trade and to the tendency toward globalisation itself.

The task of the state is rather to make, by means of the creation of sensible legal and economic frameworks and improvement of the infrastructure in general, such large-scale transport of goods more cost-effective and less damaging to the environment.

It is hard to see, for example, why a large part of the problem could not be solved by making greater use than is made at present of rail transport.

The real situation must be carefully analysed and considered solutions proposed.

The path hitherto followed - that of applying, against any development disapproved of, the single remedy of artificially increasing its cost through taxation - is certainly the wrong path. The right one would be to find new and innovative solutions that will allow forms of transport that are not damaging to the environment to be effected more cheaply. This will inevitably lead to such forms of transport being used more widely.



Private Transport

Until some genuinely practical and realizable synoptic concept has been developed which offers the prospect of really reducing the amount of private traffic on the roads, there will remain something false and irresponsible in such measures as the artificial reduction of available parking spaces.

The way forward is rather for government and local authorities at all levels to cooperate in placing in the foreground, in these matters, all the economic and environmental aspects involved.



Public Transport

Public transport remains an insufficiently attractive option for most people. Over both longer and shorter distances, those using it gain little advantage in either money or time saved as against those using private automobiles.

The putting into practice of such sensible ideas as multi-person taxis should no longer be blocked.

Moreover, public transport should, in general, be made more competitive, for example by ceasing to compel, by means of artificial blocks and barriers, its users to change from one means of transport to another.