Can philosophers help improve transportation policy? Jonathan Badgley, an economist who works with the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) and who studied philosophy as an undergraduate, thinks so.
[Andreas Gursky, “Bahrain I” (detail)]
He wrote in recently to share that US DOT is looking to the public for help responding to President Biden’s Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. He writes:
US DOT is currently seeking public comment on methods for identifying valid and reliable aggregate data to help measure equity in order to improve Federal transportation programs. There are 25 specific questions that the agency is seeking public comment on, and while many of these questions relate to issues outside of philosophers’ purview (e.g., data sources, etc.) there are a number of normative-laded questions that I believe are critical for the agency to hear from philosophers on. For instance, here are two questions from the request:
(6) Housing affordability in the United States is measured in terms of percentage of income (i.e., the current threshold is 30 percent of income). Is there a similar threshold for “transportation affordability” currently in use by planning practitioners and planning agencies? What are some methods and strategies that the Department can use for determining and assessing the level of a transportation overburden cost standard?
(7) How should the Department identify and measure the benefits and drawbacks (e.g., safety, wellbeing, and mobility benefits) of Federal transportation investments to underserved communities? How should the Department identify and measure the social cost of inequity in transportation projects or policies in underserved communities?
Again, the framing of these questions is around data and methods questions, but at heart are issues of what equity means in the transportation context that have not been directly and sufficiently addressed (by transportation folks or by philosophers in publication, at least that I’m aware of).
The request is a great opportunity for philosophers to significantly contribute to a real world issue, the fair and equitable provision of transportation goods, by clarifying these normative concepts of fairness, equity, welfare, etc. in this context.
You can view all of the questions here and provide a comment by clicking on the green “Submit a Formal Comment” button near the top of the document.
India will soon bring in its vehicle scrappage policy which is expecting a final clearance from the finance ministry, will focus on eradicating the old polluting commercial vehicles plying in the country.
Vehicle Scrapping Policy likely to finalised soon; says Nitin Gadkari
Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari, on Thursday said India’s own vehicle scrappage policy is likely to be finalised soon. According to a report in PTI, India will soon get its vehicle scrappage policy. The highly-awaited policy is awaiting a final clearance from the finance minsitry. The policy will focus on scrapping old polluting vehicles plying in the country. Once approved, the policy will be applicable on all vehicles including two-wheelers and three-wheelers. The Union Minister also mentioned that this policy will help boost the automobile sector and it will also help in reducing the production cost. The vehicle scrappage policy was earlier sent for an additional consultation with stakeholders on the direction of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
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The Union Minister also added that the transport ministry was ready to extend the compliance timelines on regulations under the Motor Vehicles Act, excluding the vehicles affecting road safety.
In a video conference with the members of SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers), over the impact of COVID-19 on the automobile sector the Union Minister said, “The scrapping policy will be finalised soon. It is going to boost the industry. It is going to reduce the production cost. Yesterday also, I had a discussion with the Secretary and we will make it as early as possible.”
The automobile players present in the meeting urged the ministry to extend the timeline for the registration of BS-IV vehicles sold before March 31 along with other relaxations.
Gadkari also claimed that once the policy is approved, India could emerge as a hub for automobile manufacturing as key raw material available from scrapping such as steel, aluminium and plastic are generally recycled, which will bring down the prices of automobiles by 20 to 30 per cent.
In a bid to increase demand for electric vehicles, the government proposed amendments to motor vehicle norms in July 2019 to allow scrapping of vehicles older than 15 years. As per a draft notification, the government had proposed renewal of fitness certificates for vehicles older than 15 years by every six months instead of one year.
The government also proposed that the newly purchased motor vehicles can be exempted for payment of fees for a registration certificate and assignment of the new registration mark, if the customer gives scrapping certificate of the previous vehicle of the same category issued by the authorised scrapping centre.
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