News Archives - Driving

If driverless cars seem too good to be true, perhaps they are

Driverless car evangelists rarely acknowledge the transport Elysium they predict is possible now – and with today’s technology. After all, what the world needs is fewer cars, not fewer drivers. We’re losing count of all the benefits being promised of driverless cars. Motorists are being teased with visions of driverless cars as luxurious and relaxing private retreats clever enough to…

A cheap, reliable classic VW camper…and other post-lockdown daydreams

As many daydream of of post-lockdown travels, we thought this might help. It’s a clever decorative design using three individual layers of precision laser cut wood to create a three-dimensional A4 blueprint image of the classic VW T2 Camper Van. If you’d like to win it, simply leave a comment at the bottom of the page and let us know…

When consultation is a curse

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoon strip, said the word ‘consult’ comes from a contraction of ‘to con’ and ‘to insult’. Perhaps he’s had experience of transport consultations. Pavement parking is banned in London – although seldom enforced – but elsewhere in the country it is only prohibited for lorries. Antisocial pavement parking is dangerous and has been a…

Vast majority benefits from LTNs

The vast majority of people in London live on streets that could be part of low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) according to a new study Critics have argued the schemes benefit wealthier areas by simply pushing traffic elsewhere, but the report found “no clear social equity problem related to LTNs” and only minimal difference on the likelihood of this for households on lower…

Road user charging will help plug £40bn tax shortfall

Rishi Sunak is considering plugging an estimated £40 billion tax shortfall created by the switch to electric cars by introducing road user charging. Ahead of this week’s announcement that a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be brought forward to 2030, a treasury paper on a new national road pricing scheme has been presented to…