Ethics, Mobility and the Market: a Starting Point for Debate



Ethics, Mobility and the Market: a Starting Point for Debate

Authors

BERVELING J and WELLES H, Ministry of Transport (AVV), The Netherlands

Description

In the Netherlands attention for the subject 'ethics and mobility' is growing. It seems that 'Transportation ethics is a discipline whose time has come' (Richardson, 1995:24). This is not remarkable given the fact that the Dutch are facing major problems

Abstract

In the Netherlands attention for the subject 'ethics and mobility' is growing. It seems that 'Transportation ethics is a discipline whose time has come' (Richardson, 1995:24). This is not remarkable given the fact that the Dutch are facing major problems with regard to mobility. Mobility has become a scarce good and the demand for mobility needs strong regulation. The market is given a major role in this regulation of the demand and also in the supply of the wanted means for mobility. In this project different groups (for instance the transport sector next to environmental groups) were brought together to discuss the ethical aspects of the scarcity of mobility and the role of the market. It became clear that four different interpretations are given of the market concept. In this paper we present some preliminary results of the debate.

Publisher

Association for European Transport