Report numberRA-2005-62
TitleWelfare implications of government action
SubtitleDe public interest approach
AuthorsLiesbet Deben
Published byPolicy Research Centre for Traffic Safety 2002-2006
Number of pages60
Document languageDutch
Partner(s)Universiteit Hasselt
Work packageOther: Handhaving

There are a number of legal regimes present in traffic safety policy. Regardless of the method government applies, it always serves the same purpose. The legal regime is applied to make the traffic participant obey the care standard. On what grounds does the government decide to use a particular legal regime? In order to find out the motives of the choice of a legal regime the report describes the way the regimes affect the behaviour of traffic participants. With that regard the analysis solely describes the efficiency of the regimes from a public interest approach.  The first issue dealt with is whether legislation is necessary at all. In case of an affirmative answer the analysis provides an answer to the question whether the chosen approach is the best method. By depicting the various legislative methods, an explanation of their contribution to the amelioration of traffic safety situation is provided for. The results of the research might serve as a starting point for the evaluation of the legislation and policy.  

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