UHERO’s Justin Tyndall’s “case for taxing large vehicles” receives national media attention

UHERO’s Justin Tyndall’s recent publication in Economics of Transportation has received national media coverage, including Medium, Streetsblog, and Vox. Using data covering fatal vehicle collisions in the US and exploiting heterogeneity in changing vehicle fleets across metros for identification, Tyndall estimates that replacing the growth in Sport Utility Vehicles with cars would have averted 1,100 pedestrian deaths.

“Fixing the pedestrian safety crisis will require both regulating vehicle size and making investments in safer pedestrian infrastructure,” writes Tyndall. “A tax on large vehicles, with the revenue spent on street improvements, would help achieve both.”

Tyndall’s UHERO blog post provides a closer look on the story and his findings.


Tyndall, Justin. “Pedestrian deaths and large vehicles.” Economics of Transportation 26 (2021): 100219.

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