Buses are the problem, not classics
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