Buses are the prob­lem, not clas­sics

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

I can’t fully agree that clas­sic car own­ers should be al­lowed to pol­lute, and am even more against the sug­ges­tion that mod­ern clas­sics should be viewed as the same as clas­sics. How­ever, the prob­lem of pol­lu­tion has to be looked at as a threat that needs at­ten­tion.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the Lon­don emis­sion zone, then the adop­tion in quick time of re­stric­tions by Birm­ing­ham and Leeds, it will even­tu­ally be other cities that jump on the band­wagon, even though some of these re­stric­tions may not limit clas­sics.

My ex­pe­ri­ence is with Sh­effield, where a let­ter to a po­lit­i­cal leader gave an ex­cel­lent re­ply that ba­si­cally sug­gested that the coun­cil was await­ing a re­port. When the re­port was avail­able it said much the same as a pre­vi­ous re­port ie.

more use of pub­lic trans­port, walk­ing and use of bi­cy­cles was re­quired. This in a city built on seven hills!

Fur­ther let­ters to govern­ment and then the new mayor have re­ally been a waste of time be­cause no one will ac­cept that the rea­son for pol­lu­tion in our city is due to the vast num­ber of buses that travel through the city on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, and not the com­muter who trav­els in and parks, be­fore trav­el­ling out later.

I am sure that there will be a sug­ges­tion that mod­ern buses are be­ing in­tro­duced, but apart from the hy­brid ones on the hos­pi­tal run, the other ‘re­place­ment’ stop/start units are of such lit­tle ben­e­fit as to be a com­plete waste of money.

A cor­rec­tive so­lu­tion has been pre­sented, but no-one seems to be in­ter­ested, so we move for­ward by blam­ing the mo­torist. M Shel­ley, Sh­effield

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