New petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK from 2040 to improve air quality.
The crackdown could also see the introduction of levies on busy roads for owners of the most polluting vehicles and hopes of a major scrappage scheme to help those who were encouraged to buy diesels appear to have been dashed.
The strategy will be launched today by ministers Michael Gove and Chris Grayling.
I can’t think of a more stupid thing to do.
A huge lump of our economy is built round the UK making internal combustion cars.
Foreign investment in car plants is extensive not to mention the vast array of support industries making component parts that provide employment for 100’s of thousands of people. All this is in question as the cost of re-tooling and re-training for the new technologies may prove inhibative to small businesses.
Yet the government of the day are going to throw all that away for what?
To look Eco-friendly?
Then there is the practicalities to consider.
Battery powered cars are pretty useless in a country where the words rural, badly maintained ‘hard to drive, hard on cars roads’, and remote is still relevant to many.
I’m thinking Wales, Scotland, Yorkshire, and Lincolnshire.
Add farmers and remote location lone workers, the emergency services, coast guard, police, ambulance, fire, and the military (who curiously also use cars).
All to be constrained to short-range hops and totally dependent on civilian access charging stations?
This will end up as a total farce.
Anyway a high-mileage battery car doesn’t exist which is affordable to all but the ‘über rich’! With current technology, batteries can only deliver around 30 miles of ‘careful economical driving’ range for every hour of charging. Try to force feed a battery to improve that, i.e. fast charging, and battery packs die in double-quick time.
The cost of replacement? Many thousands of pounds.
As for car crashes?
Ever seen video of a battery-powered car burning?
For the emergency services the problem during rescue could include exposure to toxic materials, explosions, and an invisible high voltage hazard.
So who are the two architects of this disaster?
Michael Gove and Chris Grayling.
Both as bad as each other and have political records steeped in controversy.
Michael Andrew Gove was Secretary of State for Education from 2010 to 2014 and basically destroyed the education system of the UK. Then he was Secretary of State for Justice from 2015 to 2016 until Theresa May sacked him.
Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Transport since July 2016.
Yet he has a long history of attacking the little people of life and his ‘reforms’ within the justice service, until he got chucked out of that job, caused great harm to many.
As one newspaper described him, “Chris Grayling is an example of the kind of nasty politician that rises when there is no credible opposition”.
Actually I think they were being well polite about him.
So in conclusion.
In 2040 I’m going to be in my 80’s so car driving may not be a problem to me.
As for personal transportation?
The idea of trundling along at 2-3 mph on a cart being pulled by a horse somehow seems highly appealing to me.
That is until some fool of a politician makes horses non eco friendly.