January 29, 2023

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Drive your way

‘The best way for travellers to prevent COVID spread is to use private cars’

Do not anticipate me to apologise for driving to and from the location I was born – London – for the reason that I won’t. Why travel there? For do the job functions, social or spouse and children gatherings, clinic appointments, shopping and the like. But for the earlier decade it is been my (unpaid) aspect-time occupation as a volunteer/charity worker that is seen me travel into the money at all hours. 

I do not do it for fun, I do it when it wants to be done in correct vehicles. So my carbon footprint ain’t significant, and my conscience is crystal clear. As for some hypocritical, limo-applying London politicians – I do not know how they rest at evening. They are, right after all, the ‘leaders’ who insist on hitting drivers like me with their Congestion and Extremely Very low Emission Zone penalties – even when I deliver items and package worthy of countless numbers of lbs . to individuals in most cancers wards, as I did final week in the Marcus Rutherford Foundation/Youthful Adult Cancer Rely on fight bus/mobile clinic. 

It was for the duration of that out-of-hours run into London just right before Christmas when it dawned on me that it is time for us all to push our respective reset buttons. All those vehicle-hating neighborhood and nationwide politicians have to end fleecing motorists and commence recognising that without having the circa £60billion we fork out in annual motoring-related taxes, the British isles financial system will collapse. Honest.  

We have had extra than ample of staying mugged by questionable techniques that have minimal to do with cleaning the air or highway basic safety, but are all about legalised theft from drivers.  And even though they are at it, all those politicians have to commence telling the fact – can you imagine that? – by admitting the best way for commuters and other travellers to avoid the distribute of COVID an infection is to use private cars and trucks. It is a no-brainer. 

The international motor sector could also adopt a very long-overdue end/think/choose a deep breath policy for the rest of the month, maybe more time. Competing brands are in these kinds of a mad, high-priced dash to convey electrical vehicles to marketplace that they are forgetting – or simply failing to look at the info and remind them selves – that vehicles driven by combustion engines nonetheless characterize the frustrating the vast majority, and will do so for a long time to appear. 

I admire the industry’s remarkable ability to reply to regulations and regs that say you can have any vehicle you like from 2030, as very long as it is an EV. But why the terrific hurry? Preparing for the inescapable transformation from ICE to EV is great. Forcing the marketplace, by striving to influence prospects that their £20,000 petrol cars and trucks are nearer £40,000 as all-electrical replacements is a income pitch that simply cannot do the job. So please, back again off, reset and wait a minimal more time (when battery tech lessens in selling price) right before the significant switch from ICE to EV. 

And offered that it is accountable for the laws that will ban new ICE vehicles from 2030, the Governing administration absolutely has to phase up and cough up significantly extra subsidy? As a substitute, it is decreased its Plug-in Vehicle Grant to £1,five hundred. This at the same time as I’m staying bombarded with guarantees that I can get a £9,000 subsidy to replace my lately set up, state of the artwork gas boiler with an allegedly ‘greener’ heat pump. Welcome to the new yr that appears to be as sick-imagined out and unfair to the motorist as the just one just long gone.

Learn extra about the UK’s plug-in vehicle grant below…