Thursday, 1 June 2017
POLLUTING V8s & SUVs
I like V8s. Growing up in Melbourne it was all GT Falcons and Monaros. But that's long ago. In 2017 there are over 4 million people in the greater Melbourne area and most of them drive cars. The problem is that most of the drivers have an oversized 4WD to take kids to school, go shopping or leave parked for most of the day while they're at work.
Then they complain about traffic and parking and so on.
In a decade there will be around 7 million people in this town. We are running out of room and fresh air.
What we need to do is change the road costs to reflect the space a vehicle takes up, to reflect the damage it does to our environment in cities and to reflect the damage it does in a crash. To that end the Independent Riders Group (IRG) is pushing hard for a review of compulsory third party (CTP) premiums at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). We also want the discriminatory TAC antibike tax or"safety Levy to be abolished. The TAC tax is currently around $70 a year.