The Oban Times - - News - Ge­orge Berry

THE gov­ern­ment plans to do away with petrol and diesel ve­hi­cles by 2040.

Oban alone has four fill­ing sta­tions so, un­less busi­ness own­ers are al­ready think­ing about di­ver­si­fy­ing, folk will be out of work by 2040.

The im­pact on the petro­chem­i­cal in­dus­try – from Oban’s garage fore­courts to whole towns such as Grange­mouth – will be cat­a­strophic.

The re­dun­dancy of work­ers will be the big­gest is­sue.

Is the plan to get rid of fos­sil fuel ve­hi­cles more to do with Amer­i­can gas guz­zlers, where their driv­ers would rather step into a car than walk down the road? Has any­one in gov­ern­ment thought about the wider is­sues?

What about our rail­way sta­tions, es­pe­cially Oban? If we are 40 years be­hind with rolling stock now, how are we go­ing to be in 2040? At a stand­still.

What about our haulage in­dus­try? Oban will starve to death with­out the food and sup­plies that come from else­where to sup­ply our tourism in­dus­try. Thou­sands of heavy goods ve­hi­cles are on the road daily keep­ing Ar­gyll sup­plied.

Where are the own­ers of this in­dus­try go­ing to get the money to re­place ve­hi­cles?

Then there is our merchant fleets, many still us­ing a mix­ture of fu­els, in­clud­ing heavy oils. This whole idea has been badly thought- out.

What about the in­fra­struc­ture that has to be put in place to charge up the planned new elec­tric ve­hi­cles? How many charg­ing units will be needed?

The whole idea beg­gars be­lief. It’s an­other dim-wit­ted plan from a gov­ern­ment com­pletely out of touch with the daily mileage peo­ple need to cover just to live and work on the west coast of Scot­land.

In Oban alone, there will need to be hun­dreds of charg­ing points. Where on earth are we go­ing to fit all of those?

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