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Bergen's winter of discontent - an evaluation of policy responses to local air pollution

Authors: Arvid Strand, Harald Aas, Petter Christiansen, Vibeke Nenseth, Nils Fearnley
Report nr: 1091/2010
ISBN (digital version): 978-82-480-1129-3
Language: Norwegian
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Sammendrag

The city of Bergen showed great vigor in the acute air pollution situation in January 2010. The city had a good working relationship with the institutions and government agencies that were needed in order to implement necessary measures. The effects of the many measures, that were implemented on the traffic volumes and hence on the air pollution, were, however, small. Future contingency plans for such an emergency should contain significantly fewer measures. The even/odd number license plate restriction seems to be working as intended. This can be combined with increased rates in a system of road pricing - if Bergen at some point in the future were to adopt such a traffic regulation scheme. As of October 2010, the central government is in the process of putting in place the necessary regulations, as provided for in the Road Traffic Act.

      

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