Petrol and diesel-engined passenger cars should not allowed in
European city centres by 2050, the European Commission has proposed.
The EC wants 50 per cent of Europe’s vehicles to be zero emissions by
2030 and conventionally fuelled vehicles to be banned from cities
altogether by 2050.
There are also plans for a fully integrated European travel network,
known as ‘Single European Transport Area’, linking all airports with
core railway lines to “allow for a profound shift in transport
patterns for passengers and freight”.
The EC wants Europe to "move close to zero fatalities in road
transport" by 2050, with an interim target of halving casualties by
Well, walking is about the only zero emissions method of getting around.
Think electric cars are zero emissions? Fuck no, not so, they are
emissions deferred where their emissions are simply spewed on others who
are in a different location.
> and conventionally fuelled vehicles to be banned from cities
Personally, I think banning idiot ideas is about the best way to go.
Zero fatalities? Yea, right so you ban roads, cars, trucks,
motor-cycles, bicycles, tricycles, anything with wheels, tracks or
whatever. Even walking should be prohibited as one might suffer a heart
attack and die, and as well we all know the hazards of drunken walking.
While it may seem to be far fetched, the way the price of oil is going, it
would be smart to continue the quest for alternative fuels. Nothing will
ever be zero emissions, of course, but there may well be something better
and cleaner in the future. The internal combustion engine as we know it is
very inefficient. Keep in mind also, they are talking about city centers.
Most cities in Europe are seriously congested by automobiles. They started
building them hundreds of years ago with no foresight about today's needs.
There are also far too many fatalities. While zero will never be achieved,
it can be greatly reduced in many ways. Starting with better driver
Sure it may be fantasy today, but so was the idea of man flying and Dick
Tracey's wrist radio.
Over the years there is a tendency to move traffic away from city
centers and give bicles, public transport and pedestrians back to the
It is a slow process and the rights of petrol cars to pollute and kill
people is strong.
I guess we have reached the hight of the age of the petrol vehicles.
From now on there will be more and more decisions like these made and
in some years we will wonder why we ever let the petrol car rule our
The whole transport system is beginning to change and the way we live
and work is changing too.
We will have to begin to plan to live close to public transport as
well as having work closer to home.
This plan here is thinking 40 years but it is best to plan the next
job, next home etc based on these plans.
People do not move houses or change jobs every day but over a
timeframe of 40 years a lot of things will happen.
Most politicians think in months or a few years.
Planning for decades is what we need.
Oddly enough, Texas is considering raising the speed limits on something
over 500 miles of public roads. The proposed speed limit there is 85 mph.
According to the presenter, studies have shown this to be the safest speed
for those particular stretches of highway.
Actually, I think 20 MPH is more realistic, with automatic
So many people don't realize the killer is not speed, but differences in
speed where some drivers drive well below the speed limit, and some above.
Works for me. Depending on the road and traffic, 85 or even 95 is very
safe. It may use more fuel, but my car has a top speed of about 140 and has
tires rated for that speed. I'm very comfortable cruising at 90+ mph in the
right place. I don't drive that speed at night or when the road is wet or
there is slower traffic to contend with.
When the Interstates were designed and built in the 1950s, the cars of the
day were not generally capable of safely cruising at those speeds. Steering
was sloppy, tires were not as strong, etc. Proper driving skills, attention
to the road are needed though, to keep safe.
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