Saturday 18 November 2017

Demonising the car is just an excuse to extract more tax from motorists

Conor Faughnan says people in Ireland drive because they have no choice
Conor Faughnan says people in Ireland drive because they have no choice

Conor Faughnan

When I hear that the Government is considering 'demand management measures' against motorists as a climate change mitigation measure I cannot help but be cynical.

Yesterday saw the launch of a consultation document by the Department of Transport as part of its preparation for setting out a 'low-carbon roadmap' for the transport sector.

Even the language used sets the tone of the debate. To state, for example, that Ireland has one of the highest rates of car usage in Europe immediately implies that it is cars that are the problem. It would be far more accurate to state that Ireland has one of the worst rates of public transport provision in Europe, but that is not what you hear.

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