WEEKLY Q: SUV drivers are people too
SUVs & 4x4s in urban areas are pointless. No argument from me there. MPVs (Multi-Person Vehicles i.e. People Carriers) are clearly much better in terms of cost, efficiency and safety.
However there was an interesting motoring editorial by David Williams in London's Evening Standard on June 16 about how the targeting of 4x4s and SUVs is actually not a good idea. And I agree with his logic enough to throw it open for debate.
The reason is that whilst we are focusing solely on 4x4s and SUVs all other motorists are not being engaged with about their own driving impact on the environment. And lets face it the majority do not own 4x4s or SUVs.
I suspect that it might even achieve the reverse in non SUV and 4x4 drivers in that they probably think 'Oh well I do not drive an SUV or 4x4 so I am already doing my bit for the environment'.
The larger green issue at the heart of the matter is not WHAT people drive and WHERE it is WHY and WHEN.
We need to get everyone thinking about why they drive and how often and get them looking for alternatives. We need to all think about our own personal modes of transport for the sake of our environment and our health. We need to encourage people to take less trips by car and walk/cycle more. We need to encourage people to look at alternative vehicles and fuels i.e. hybrids, electric vehicles and biodiesel.
I suggest that the above positive goals will make much more of a green impact than just demonising and alienating a minority.