Cars have given many people greater freedom of movement, allowing them to work away from their homes, purchase more products, and travel to exotic destinations for relaxation. But what is the real price of these luxuries, and who pays? One of the biggest problems is that consumers pay for only part of the car's real value, while society pays by way of air pollution, invasive automobile infrastructure and road accidents.
Various technical, organisational and legal structures are needed to reduce the negative impacts of motor vehicles, at least to the point when human beings and the environment can function normally in their midst. Each one of us can help by walking, cycling and using public transport more frequently.
Read the factsheet to find out more about the low efficiency of car use.