Cars and peo­ple are not equals

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

JEREMY Clark­son may be abra­sively forth­right but he is ba­si­cally right. The need for mo­torists to have a voice is demon­strated by the an­ticar hys­te­ria of some of your cor­re­spon­dents. I par­tic­u­larly take is­sue with Stu­art Bar­ton’s as­ser­tion that pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists should share equal sta­tus. You can­not and should not try to make equal that which is not equal, which peo­ple and traf­fic are not. One is more vul­ner­a­ble than the other and sen­si­ble seg­re­ga­tion is es­sen­tial. Roads and pave­ments serve dif­fer­ent users and should be sep­a­rate. As for brand­ing us “speed freaks” - non­sense. For nor­mal pur­poses of go­ing about one’s busi­ness, 20mph is just too slow. That list of things we “bleat about” makes my case for me: we pay through the nose more than any­one else for the use of the roads, yet get noth­ing but even more ex­pense, in­ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture and ever-more re­stric­tions. I do rec­om­mend cour­tesy and po­lite­ness but it has to be mu­tual. Traf­fic should re­spect pedes­tri­ans (cy­clists too) – they must like­wise re­spect traf­fic. Ian Tay­lor, As­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tish Driv­ers.

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