The Concept of Fairness in Relation to Women Transport Users



Hail Y & McQuaid R (2021) The Concept of Fairness in Relation to Women Transport Users. Sustainability, 13 (5), Art. No.: 2919.

This paper discusses the concept of ‘fairness’ in transport, specifically regarding women using public transport, future autonomous vehicle taxis or bicycle sharing. Women generally have var-ying and complex mobility patterns compared to men and suffer disproportionate fairness issues when using transport. Different concepts of fairness are explored, including: equality of oppor-tunity, equity and justice (including procedural, social and distributional justice). While each of these concepts has different implications for women using transport, it is also recognized that fairness principles should apply to all people (regardless of sex, gender or other characteristics). Analysis of the different forms of mobility, as represented by public transport, autonomous vehi-cles and bicycle sharing, illustrate a variety of specific fairness issues. Factors such as safety and security, cost, physical design of infrastructure and vehicles, and characteristics such as low-income or childcare responsibilities arise in each case. The three cases also indicate a range of both horizonal fairness factors (similar people being treated similarly) and vertical fairness factors (such as more disadvantaged people receiving greater support). Further research is re-quired into setting frameworks for a more comprehensive inclusion of, and balance between, dif-ferent concepts of fairness and their interactions in both transport policy and practice.

fairness; equal opportunity; equity; social justice; women; public transport; autonomous vehicles; bicycle/bike sharing

Sustainability: Volume 13, Issue 5

FundersEuropean Commission (Horizon 2020)
Publication date31/03/2021
Publication date online08/03/2021
Date accepted by journal03/03/2021
PublisherMDPI AG

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Professor Ronald McQuaid

Professor Ronald McQuaid

Emeritus Professor, Management, Work and Organisation

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