Reaching the road

The Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research

By LIOR REGEV
December 21, 2017 18:36
1 minute read.
Percentage of vehicles older than a decade in Israel's biggest cities, 2016

Percentage of vehicles older than a decade in Israel's biggest cities, 2016. (photo credit: JERUSALEM INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH)

 
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According to data from the Israel Vehicle Importers Association, the year 2016 saw a record high in the delivery of new vehicles in Israel.

The purchase of new vehicles contributes to the upgrading of the stock of vehicles that travel on Israel’s roads: the new vehicles are equipped with more sophisticated safety systems; emit lower levels of pollution; and are quieter and more economical. However, as long as the purchase of new vehicles is not balanced out by old vehicles being taken off the roads, this isn’t necessarily good news. The overall rise in the number of vehicles leads to increased congestion on the roads, which in turn leads to an increase in the transportation burden and emissions of pollutants and further irritates the already frayed nerves of Israeli drivers.

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