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Old 5th February 2008, 00:24   #1
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Default Cars that dont achive 35MPG should be banned.

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, the ex-chairman of Shell, has called for the EU to ban the sale of cars that achieve less than 35mpg in his BBC column ‘Green Room’, claiming that the ‘motor industry’ would adapt to cope with stricter emission controls.

Of course, the UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is opposed to the idea, saying – quite rightly – that we have a highly effective sliding scale tax that means drivers of the most thirsty cars pay extra money for the privilege.

But Sir Mark said the rich should not escape their responsibility to tackle climate change: "It is a social thing. We don't say the wealthy can avoid doing what is needed by society.

"When we eliminated coal fires in London we didn't say to people in Chelsea you can pay a bit more and toast your crumpets in front of an open fire - we said nobody, but nobody, could have an open fire.

"When we introduced catalytic converters the car-makers said it would put the price of cars through the roof - but it didn't. Now we all have to have catalytic converters - that's only right."

He claims that the EU has been far too lax with car manufacturers, but could they really justify sending Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini,aston
and goodness knows how many other smaller car manufacturers like Bristol and Morgan, out of business?

The other question of course, is will this affect motor sport?
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Aah such a simplistic solution and and even more naive speculation over it! First of all one-size-fits-all solutions do not work. You can make things progressively difficult for the gas guzzlers but you can not simply banish them with one stroke, not in a democratic country.

For example, what happens to the armed forces and their "hummers"? What about the F1 racing cars? Obviously there will come out many more such cases where the solution can not be a simplistic ban.

However it is but given that the world will have to move towards greener solutions. Maybe a beginning could be made wherein vehicles that have an engine bigger than a certain size or length beyond a specified limit etc can be banned from the main thoroughfares during the business hours. Similarly parking should not be provided to such monstrous vehicles in the business and commercial districts etc.
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