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Where the team supports Danny’s hopes for a life of Riley
Iam a bit bored with the phrase, ‘old, dirty cars’. The media has recently used the expression as a matter of course when talking about LEZS and legislation to keep our air clean. I see the reasoning behind needing to create cleaner air, especially in cities, but we must adopt a holistic approach if we really want to stop the problem.
Before we get into charging people off the road, lets invest in public transport, make sure we have proper cycle paths and enough charging points for EVS. If we don’t then we are loading the cost of greening our cities disproportionately onto low income families, and at the same time pushing vehicles off the road before they reach the end of their lives, which in itself has environmental implications. If we carry on penalising older car owners then we also run the risk of losing a generation of classics. Not important when compared to the risks our city dwellers face from pollution but these cars, now dwindling in number, are not necessarily to blame.
Let’s push for more solar, wind and tidal power. Let’s invest in trams, green buses and lorries, let’s insulate buildings better and look for alternatives to air conditioning systems before we use car owners as scapegoats. Simply taking old cars off the road will not solve the problem.