Cars and people are not equals
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.