Wheels still in spin?: urban social structure and technological change in Brisbane’s private motor vehicle fleet

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Title Wheels still in spin?: urban social structure and technological change in Brisbane’s private motor vehicle fleet
Author Dodson, Jago Robert; Li, Terry; Sipe, Neil Gavin
Publication Title Proceedings of the 4th National Conference on the State of Australian Cities
Editor Maginn P. J. and Jones R. and Haslam-Mackenzie F.
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Perth
Publisher Australian Cities and Regions Research Network
Abstract This paper examines the capacity of suburban households to respond to a changing global energy context by changing their motor vehicle technology. Transforming transport systems will comprise a crucial element in policy and planning responses to energy and climate challenges. Government policy appears focused on a transition to more efficient vehicle types or alternative fuel and engine types. Yet such policies have failed to account for the considerable social differences in household exposure to the costs of transport energy constrain and the adaptability of households in altering their use of modes and vehicle types. Nor do such policies recognise how urban social structure, household social status and automobile types intersect spatially within Australian cities. This paper examines the links between urban social structure and the composition of the motor vehicle fleet to test whether the households that are most reliant on motor vehicles for transport have the financial capacity to rapidly alter their vehicle technology in response to changing energy price and supply conditions. The paper uses ABS Census data and motor vehicle registration data at the postcode level to compare socio-economic status with the age, fuel consumption and value of the suburban vehicle fleet for Brisbane and the Gold Coast. This spatial deployment of Census and vehicle registration data is novel in the Australian context. The paper argues that policies that focus on vehicle technology alone face a number of social equity hurdles as measures to overcome urban transport fuel security problems.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://soac.fbe.unsw.edu.au/2009/Menu.html
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference’s website or contact the authors.
ISBN 186308-156-9
Conference name 4th National Conference on the State of Australian Cities
Location UWA, Perth
Date From 2009-11-24
Date To 2009-11-27
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29806
Date Accessioned 2010-04-06
Language en_US
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Transport Planning; Urban and Regional Planning
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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