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Cars, cars, cars …… and the environment

(Department of Environmental Law and Land Law)

Car transportation is taken for granted by current generations. Last centuries cars became indispensable for everyday life. Their numbers are growing without any control, which causes different kind of problems. Inner cities are crowded with cars, leaving no chance to park them; highways are full of accidents even though the technical equipment of cars is more and more advanced. The noise produced by cars is driving people crazy. Arterial highway roads create a dense net in the landscape rendering the wild animals unable to cross and reproduce. The loss of agricultural land and of forests is only one of many negative impacts the car traffic has on the environment. Road construction is often prioritized to protection of nature so that nature protection areas mean no obstacle to its realization and protected species of animals and plants become even scarcer.

Cars are significant mobile sources of air pollution threatening human health especially in densely populated cities. The air pollution problem is caused not only by their exhaust emissions but also by the dust produced by car traffic. End-of-life vehicles create another problem. These represent hazardous waste, moreover, the other wastes are produced by road reconstruction activities. Problem with their disposal is obvious. Nevertheless, the most significant impact of car transportation, which is finally influencing all environmental components are emissions of CO2. The more cars, the higher is their contribution to the climate change problem and the question of alternatives to combustion engines will surely find its reflection in a legal regulation.

Therefore, the aim of this conference section is to point at variety of problems related to car transportation and their reflection in law at national, EU and international law levels. Contributions focused on cars in respect of environmental protection are welcome in the form of critical analyses of legal regulation, obstacles to its enforcement, mutual relations and possible developments. The contributions are expected to relate to these topics:

  • planning and construction of traffic infrastructure in respect of environmental protection including environmental impact procedure (EIA/SEA),
  • traffic infrastructure development and protection of agricultural land and forests,
  • traffic infrastructure development and protection of NATURA 2000 and of other nature reserves and parts of the nature,
  • technical requirements on motor vehicles,
  • e-mobility and other alternative fuels,
  • end-of-life vehicles and other related wastes,
  • car traffic as a source of noise,
  • cars as a source of air pollution,
  • cars as a source of greenhouse gases,
  • car traffic control,
  • economic instruments and their role in car traffic control
  • another topics related to cars in respect of environmental protection.
Scientific Guarantor:
doc. JUDr. Ilona Jančářová, Ph.D.
Organizational Guarantor:
Mgr. Jakub Hanák, Ph.D.
Contact e-mail:
English, Czech
Publication Output:
monograph, reviewed proceedings (e-book)