Yep - will be difficult - but I wouldn't just diss the UK.reohn2 wrote: ↑5 Aug 2022, 8:41pmI totally agree,there isn't the infrastructure or the political will generally to get people out of theirs cars for unnecessary use,which is what I've been saying.Mike Sales wrote: ↑5 Aug 2022, 9:06amTrue, as far as it goes, but reducing car use has to be a part of our zero-emission future.reohn2 wrote: ↑5 Aug 2022, 8:51am
My point is that £2per litre hasn't stopped people driving or significantly reduced car use,but due to transport costs has driven up the cost of living whilst the fuel companies have made quadrupled their profits as crude oil prices have fell.
There is no alternative transport other than the car for most people and won't be for the foreseeable due a titally inadiquate public transport system which like the care sector is currently is run for profit not as a service to the public.
The present unsustainable situation has grown up over many decades of encouraging car use, not least by ignoring the external costs, many of which are paid by the carless. Eviscerated public transport is a product of this.
One of the sticks driving the change has to be increased costs. The necessity to run a car is itself a cost of our disfunctional system, and yes, better public transport is important. However, the present distribution of work, shopping, housing and schooling is a product of the distorted economics etc. over many years, and will not be easy to reverse, but it is imperative, for the future of all that it is reversed.
Actually, I suspect that the age of many of the forum members makes only the near future relevant!
Things won't change easily in the UK due to the outlook of the public and politics.
From my experience of Italy, there is far worse.
Many there consider the car part of their body - giving up the car would be akin to amputation.