Saturday, 1 February 2014
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
THE HERALD SUN
Urban expert Dr Healy told lobby group Victoria First that Melbourne
was headed for "CARmageddon". (Herald Sun 01/02/2014) He said that by
2031 the number of cars on our already clogged roads would rise 46
per cent. He said better public transport wouldn't help.
Dr Healy must assume that car ownership and usage will continue as
they are and that there are no legitimate alternatives to car
Single-occupant cars make up 75 per cent of vehicles clogging our
roads, many on unnecessary trips. To keep Melbourne liveable, of
course we need more public transport but we also need to discourage
single-occupant car use and encourage other forms of transport
including motorcycles & scooters.
One way to encourage more efficient road use is to reform the
Transport Accident Commission.
TAC compulsory third party premiums reflect neither
environmentally-friendly vehicles nor safe use. Drivers should pay
less for vehicles that pollute less and do less road damage. Safe
drivers should pay lower premiums for not causing claims.
Independent Riders' Group