Where the team sup­ports Danny’s hopes for a life of Ri­ley

Practical Classics (UK) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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