Whilst new engine developments are a good thing, it’s about time we started to wake up to the fact that unless we reduce the number of vehicles on our roads we will continue to destroy our environment at an unacceptable rate. The benefits of reduced car use or car bans are massive; we will see reduced fuel usage, less CO2 pollution, the return to local shopping, improved public transport infrastructure, less accidents, safer streets, and the regeneration of local communities.
The main initiatives for environmental groups such as Eco Island should be to encourage the Isle of Wight council to reduce car usage, put limits on car ownership, locally tax car size, restrict road access, introduce road tolls and eventually establish an Island totally free of unnecessary road vehicles.
Sites like this must support car reduction, or dare I say it, the banning of cars from Island roads all together. If Sark can do it why can’t we scale it up to show the rest of the UK what is really needed.