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Equity & Liveability
One of the recommendations is to avoid extending Spitsmijden to all road users on a voluntary basis; rewarding too many people may cause negative effects instead of positive ones. Therefore, in case of any follow-up it will have to determine who may participate, and who not. Why should residents of The Hague, who live quite near their jobs, not be rewarded? Why are commuters in remote areas not rewarded? And if not, will this difference lead to mechanisms on the estate market?
What statement is being made when a government financially rewards its citizens for certain behaviour? Will it seem like a polluting activity being stimulated? And the alternative, establishing new roads, can be used by many more (than only commuters around rush-hours). These and other difficult questions are likely to come up when starting a follow-up of Spitsmijden (not being a second trial).
Air quality and accessibility are expected to have been improved during the trial, but have not been investigated. A secondary effect of the reduction in congestion Spitsmijden may cause is the availability of more free time (for non-participants).
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