I’m fum­ing! Pol­lu­tion tax will just hit hard-up

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A VIR­TU­ALLY un­heard of en­vi­ron­men­tal law char­ity, con­de­scend­ingly named Client Earth, is be­hind the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to force coun­cil’s into pol­lu­tion taxes, or – as we bet­ter un­der­stand them – con­ges­tion taxes by the back door.

Client Earth de­feated the govern­ment on pol­lu­tion mea­sures in the high court, there­fore the govern­ment has to be seen to act in or­der to re­duce pol­lu­tion.

Pol­lu­tion or con­ges­tion charg­ing will not re­duce pol­lu­tion be­cause peo­ple who drive older cars, lor­ries, buses and taxis will still pay the charge but will be­come poorer than they al­ready were, and less likely to be able to af­ford a newer, less pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cle than ever.

A govern­ment-funded scrap­page scheme would work bet­ter and be much fairer.

The govern­ment is in fact the main cause of pol­lu­tion by not in­vest­ing prop­erly in the road net­work whilst al­low­ing the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion to in­crease be­yond con­trol.

The coun­cils add to the pol­lu­tion by slow­ing down or re­strict­ing traf­fic (Sal­ford, Chapel Street) and in­creas­ing con­ges­tion with bus lanes (East Lancs V1, V2) Ox­ford Road. In sum­mary, the out­come of this tax grab will mean the same lev­els of pol­lu­tion but more money in the hands of the fools who have caused the in­fra­struc­ture prob­lems in the first place. D Bag­nall, Manch­ester

YET again, diesel driv­ers get pe­nalised for pol­lut­ing the at­mos­phere.

It was the govern­ment who told us to buy diesel cars. I can un­der­stand if the cars are older than 10 years, but not newer cars.

No­body men­tions the pol­lu­tion of planes. The air­port is felling all the trees for the ex­pan­sion to 50 mil­lion pas­sen­gers. This means ev­ery two min­utes a plane is land­ing or tak­ing off. I work at the air­port and some days you can’t breathe be­cause of the fumes. What about the cruise lin­ers? I know peo­ple who take six or more cruises a year. Ships go­ing to the Arc­tic so pas­sen­gers can see the glaciers melt­ing.

Flight and cruise pas­sen­gers should be charged £ 20 per per­son. The money can be rein­vested into clean en­ergy. At least the right peo­ple get charged and not just the poor who can’t af­ford to buy a new car ev­ery two years. H Stolte, Hazel Grove

Please pun­ish poor park­ers

MOST car park­ing spa­ces, in­clud­ing at the Traf­ford Cen­tre, are de­signed to a set stan­dard (2.4m x 4.8m; with aisles of 6m), and have been for many years. Most garages, even in new houses, are also limited – seem­ingly by cost and space con­sid­er­a­tions. If you buy a car big­ger than, say, 4.6 me­tres long, it won’t be easy to park in a stan­dard space, and be more dif­fi­cult to park in a typ­i­cal garage. So, who’s to blame ... man­u­fac­tur­ers of buy­ers? Take your pick.

How­ever, com­mon sense has pre­vailed in our fam­ily and our new car’s size is limited to di­men­sions that we know will fit in the vast ma­jor­ity of spa­ces in the UK.

If you do need, or pre­fer, a big­ger car then don’t park it il­le­gally, that is, don’t park at places like the Traf­ford Cen­tre and deny park­ing for oth­ers and com­pro­mise their safety.

When the Traf­ford Cen­tre opened, they towed ‘il­le­gally’ parked cars to a com­pound. To­day, I un­der­stand that they do is­sue warn­ings. These are ob­vi­ously, not ef­fec­tive. Note that other places do have sanc­tions.

The pub­lished pho­tographs tell the story (Bad park­ing that drives you mad..., M.E.N., Oc­to­ber 9).

Traf­ford Cen­tre man­age­ment con­sis­tently lets driv­ers block pedes­trian walk­ways and worse still, block emer­gency ve­hi­cle routes.

Clearly, they don’t pun­ish these in­con­sid­er­ate driv­ers suf­fi­ciently – and, as a re­sult they an­noy many more of their cus­tomers. Terry Dean

Life eas­ier years ago

AS some­one now in her 70s I of­ten think back to, what I con­sider, the ad­van­tages then of my younger days.

When I left school at the age of 15 in the early 1960s there was no worry as to whether there was a job for me to walk into, then there were jobs for all.

There was also many in­ter­est­ing pas­times: many youth clubs, night school classes and ball­room dances (many hold­ing dance in­struc­tion classes). These were also the times when peo­ple could go and see their doc­tor with­out an ap­point­ment. For quite some time af­ter start­ing work, I was paid weekly, by cash in an en­ve­lope, as many oth­ers were then.

These are just a few of the ad­van­tages I can reel off from the good old days when life was much sim­pler and peo­ple gen­er­ally seemed more contented. M Smith, Mid­dle­ton

Ann Man­der took this pic­ture ti­tled ‘Squir­rel comes for his daily nuts’ in her gar­den in Broad­heath, Al­trin­cham. If you have a stun­ning pic­ture, then we’d love to see it. Send your pho­tos to us at view­points@men-news. co.uk, mark­ing them Pic­ture of the Day

Diesel fumes

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