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ANTI-CAR POLICIES COULD TAKE TOLL ON JOBLESS

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A major new study part-sponsored by Glasgow City Council has concluded that transport policies aimed at cutting dow...
A major new study part-sponsored by Glasgow City Council has concluded that transport policies aimed at cutting down on car use in cities could cause urban unemployment.

Scotland on Sunday (p7) reported that the three-year study found that firms lost up to 10% of their workforce, mainly at the lower end of the pay-scale, because city-dwelling employees could not get to work easily at the more remote sites, and many of them fail to find new jobs elsewhere.

The report by researchers at Glasgow University's urban studies department suggests the government's environment and employment policies are on a collision course, and that measures aimed at making car ownership less affordable will need to be re-examined.

Donald Huston, who led the study, said: 'While the ideal is to promote homes and jobs close together and link them by public transport, there will be situations where consideration has to be given to promoting low-income car ownership.

'Measures such as congestion tolling and high parking changes should only be applied when there are adequate public transport alternatives.'
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