Letter: Off the road

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I DID NOT recognise myself in Nicholas Schoon's article "Why `off- road' vehicles should get off my road and off my planet" (16 March).

I have a 4WD, which is 10 years old. It is a good people-carrier, enjoyed as much by the grandchildren on the school run as more sedate folk on long luggage-laden journeys. It accommodates up to seven people, with easy access for a semi-cripple, and has the most comfortable driving position I have ever found. The view of the road makes for safer driving and passengers can enjoy looking over hedges and fences. As for being a gas-guzzler, our vehicle's fuel consumption compares favourably with most large family cars.

Living as we do in the depths of rural Dorset we are evidently already off Mr Schoon's planet.

JOSEPH M RUTTER

Shaftesbury, Dorset

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