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February 28, 2006

Urban 4×4's

Writing about web page http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,22749-2060433,00.html

Drivers of gas-guzzling cars are to be penalised under measures being developed to tackle climate change.
Ministers are particularly keen to target the growing number of people who drive large 4X4s around cities and venture off tarmac only when parking on grass verges.

I couldn't agree more! Every morning on the drive to work I notice how many of these are on the roads. There should be strong disincentives in order to discourage people from driving 4×4's around town. Whilst there are environmental issues, this is not my main gripe against urban 4×4's. Simply, it is that they are an unnecessary and dangerous menace in cities. Having driven one recently, my assessment is that there is no added value to the driving experience round town (other than protecting you like a tank).

My main issues are that they reduce visibility for other drivers; are too big and bulky for many of our streets, and the people who drive them usually don't have the skill to manouvere well. A parent dropping off a small child for school or someone going to the supermarket in such a vehicle is simply not adding any value to the community.

They should be kept on on the drive for the long journey or off-road experience, which is what they were designed for.


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