Aussies can help us to cut down on air pollution
I REFER to your article by Richard Youle, headed “Call to parents in drive to cut air pollution” (Post, Wednesday), and to the points mentioned in it.
I agree with what is being stated regarding the dangers of air pollution, and that we all have a responsibility to reduce air pollution (this is not the only newspaper article I’ve read on this subject).
I lived and worked in Perth in Australia for eight years and never owned a car because they have a free transit zone (FTZ) in the city, and all the buses and trains are free to use.
The bus engines use LNG as a fuel, and they also have Cat buses (Central Area Transport), again all free to use, and for all day, with some services run during the night. It is very popular. I would encourage Swansea Council’s scrutiny group to go on to the Transperth website and check out all the details, and consider emailing them to ask if they are prepared to share their model for operating the free transport, and their costing model.
Contacting Perth City Council might be useful as well.
The only transport you have to pay for in Perth city is the ferries that cross the Swan River. So there is a solution to traffic pollution which is working elsewhere in the world.
It may be worth considering and investigating what happens in other places in Australia as well, such as office pool cars which only run on LPG.
And all those measures were in place before I arrived there in 2007.