Introducing the Litman ‘Chauffeuring Burden Index’

Introducing the Litman ‘Chauffeuring Burden Index’ Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – 6:00am PDT by Todd Litman One of the burdens of living in an automobile-dependent community is the significant amount of time and money that motorists must devote to chauffeuring non-drivers, including adolescents and adults with disabilities or low incomes who would travel independently if they had better transport options. This additional vehicle travel imposes direct costs on drivers, and increases external costs including traffic and parking congestion, infrastructure costs, traffic accident risk and pollution emissions. Travel surveys suggest that 5-15% of total personal motor vehicle travel consists of chauffeuring.