There needs to be a more general adoption of Ian Herbert's philosophy: select a residential area with good transport links to one's work area. The family car is then available for transporting the children and the shopping.
The Government should take steps to help people make rational decisions about the mode of transport to use for any given journey. The high fixed cost of car ownership mitigates against this, as the marginal cost of the journey always seems small. Part of the answer would be to shift the bulk of the tax on vehicle purchase and most of the road fund licence on to fuel. The cost of the tax disc could be reduced to the cost of issue, and additional administrative costs of special arrangements for transport would be offset by the abandonment of short-term licence and partial refunds. This would raise the perception of journey cost and the importance of fuel economy. This is a radical step and we will need to take our friends in the EU with us if a form of fuel piracy is not to ensue.
H C MOWAT
Huddersfield, West YorkshireReuse content