TEPR Projects: consumer behaviour and information
It is important to understand the priorities of potential car buyers and of drivers, so that policies that influence the way in which vehicles are purchased and used can be designed properly. In order to help drivers make informed decisions, it is important for them to have good information that enables them to compare different models for their environmental and economic performance.
The CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of different types of vehicle are measured and required to be communicated to potential vehicle buyers. For cars, there is a detailed specification, set by EU Directive 1999/94, for the way in which information on CO2 emissions and fuel consumption is to be communicated to potential car buyers.
TEPR has worked on a number of reports for the EU institutions on Directive 1999/94:
TEPR has also evaluated, working with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, the implementation of Directive 1999/94 in the UK for the UK Department for Transport.
Ian Skinner has also worked on reports looking at purchasing and travel behaviour, including:
- Improving the knowledge base on car purchasing decision mechanisms, which was undertaken for the European Commission and also involved TEPR Associate Malcolm Fergusson. The report was based on a literature review and qualitative analysis.
- Delivering changes in travel behaviour: Lessons from health promotion disciplines, which was undertaken with Malcolm Fergusson and Dr Adrian Davis, and funded by the Department of Transport.