Letter: Low-powered vehicles

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your transport item, "Looking At Our Car Addiction", misses the point by focusing on fuel consumption. Even if all our cars became pollution-free tomorrow, we would still be facing imminent gridlock. So, we have to analyse the purpose of these journeys, of people and freight, and see how many can be avoided. Fuel duty is indeed one of the `sticks' to this end, and our fast-growing IT capability undoubtedly one of the carrots.

After all, few people want to spend hours on a boring motorway going to a meeting, and I have yet to find anyone (outside of Tesco's management) who thinks it makes sense to truck Italian broccoli to Cornwall during the Cornish broccoli season. Yet, at present, that is what they do.

David Gordon