News Archives - Environment

The vulnerable road user is now considered a non-person. Literally roadkill.

Earlier this week a young woman in Tulse Hill was killed on her way to work. While using a pedestrian crossing on her way to work, she was struck and killed by a lorry. The driver failed to stop. The young woman was struck by at least another lorry and two cars – none of which stopped – before somebody…

Have your say on human powered vehicles

The idea of travelling in an extremely small and lightweight vehicle that will not move without physical effort from its driver will seem outlandish to motorists who do little more than turn a key, but we are great fans of human powered vehicles (HPVs). These environmentally benign vehicles could have a transformative effect on the way we get about town…

Have your say on scrappage

Scrappage schemes may be popular with car makers and many motorists, but they are usually as financially questionable as they are environmentally spurious. Sustaining the capacity to produce cars that consumers are unwilling to pay for in full distorts competition and inevitably creates the need for further and prolonged state intervention. After all, these sales have not been conjured from the…

Pedal-powered pomp for Harry and Meghan

If you can overlook the over-sized housing, not to mention substantial air miles, the British royal family has made a number of smaller scale efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. Their fleet of vehicles ranges from a biofuel-powered train to a car that runs on wine and cheese – sort of. Charles’s DB5 Aston Martin runs from bio-ethanol distilled from…

Why ‘Road Safety’ misses the point

We are living in curious times. We are a society overly obsessed with safety. And yet, danger from motor traffic – particularly to vulnerable road users – is characterised by official tolerance. This week has been Road Safety Week, an initiative that this year focussed on encouraging drivers to stop speeding. We wholeheartedly support better enforcement of speed limits  – after all, a recent survey…