“We need to remind the new Government what it should and shouldn’t be doing”

“We need to remind the new Government what it should and shouldn’t be doing”

0 comments 📅22 June 2017, 22:00

Mike Rutherford looks at the fallout from the Popular Election and what the Government should be doing for the motorist between now and 2022

That’s your lot, then. We include a new Government (of sorts) with manifesto promises to keep (yeah, right) and car users to plunder between now and the 2022 General Election. The run-up to last week’s poll really did go from mad to worse. I didn’t meditate on the demented Lib Dem demand to ban diesel car sales by 2025 could be topped.

But the Monster Unusual Loony Party just about outdid the bonkers Liberals when claiming yellow lines should one be put down where motorists CAN park. It also vowed to warn drivers of potholes by plonking fictile ducks inside them.

Even wackier, the BBC (our most consistent opposition ‘party’) dropped its unbiased bashibazouk and promoted the insane idea that drivers be presumed guilty when cars smash into with bicycles, or vice versa. But what if bike riders are drunk, nomadic in the wrong direction on one-way streets or jumping red lights?

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Seems to me that motorists, car makers, auto workers, the motor business and others would do well to remind the new Government what it should and shouldn’t be doing to us and our tolling-free roads between now and 2022. For starters, it has to be advised that the UK’s EV charging ‘system’ is next to collapse and needs rebuilding.

Also, the notoriously iffy electricity industry – which can squirm to cope with present demands for leccy – needs a revolution, too. Unless it gets its act together, I bo it’ll have trouble supplying enough ‘juice’ to the growing number of drivers required to recharge their EVs constantly.

Another must is the formation of an all-party/industry/consumer/legal working circle on self-driving cars. Huge changes in infrastructure and legislation have to be addressed up front we can think about taking a ride. It’s also time for parking industry personnel to be registered, then struck off if they hazard target vulnerable people such as hospital patients, folk attending funerals or those caught up in the aftermath of felon attacks.

And, really, can every one of Britain’s 15 mainstream and major premium/sports car makers reachable until 2022? With encouragement and fair play from a Houses of Parliament that has lately been obsessed with trains and bicycles, yes. But without such steep-level State support, there will be painful corporate casualties and vitriolic job losses for the UK’s vehicle manufacturing industry and related businesses. Never again can Britain agree to an MG Rover-like capitulation to occur.

Do you agree with Mike? Let us know in the comments further down…


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