§ 159. Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has carried out into congestion reduction from incentives for car pooling; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Chope
An extensive programme of research was conducted following the Transport Act 1978 which liberalised the rules governing car sharing. It was apparent from this work and subsequent initiatives that it is particularly difficult to organise formal car pooling schemes and that when successful they can have the effect of reducing public transport patronage. We continue to keep the matter under review.