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Thursday, June 01, 2006

4 X 4...Y?

I love these people. They are trying, in the UK, to get changes made to legislation to have SUV drivers who live in urban centres to pay extra fuel tax and essentially try and make their owners understand tha SUVs are for the wilderness and back road hauling, not commuting to work, driving the kids to school or buying groceries and stopping at Starbucks. Me? If I had to go big, I'm a wagon person myself...my pinto wagon made me realise you buy a car you need and drive it for what you need it to do. Having said this, I doubt I'll ever need one again though. We have a little putt putt Tercel - small, good on gas. Occasionally we get miffed when there are larger things to haul, but if we have to we figure out how to arrange it. We do NOT need an SUV. Even if we had kids. My parents drove me and my brother and all our stuff around in a little Chevette for years and we were just fine. Heck, buy a trailer for the odd time you need to carry more. Don't drive a huge gas guzzling monster. The fact that my sister in law wants a hummer for a wedding car nextmonth is a sign of how wacked out things are...

Anyways, I'm ranting off topic. I think these guys have a great idea. They are trying to make drivers more responsible and aware, to save fuel and reduce pollution and try and get us all back in to the mindset of just getting what we need. They even have "fake" tickets to print off and put on SUV dashboards that ask the drivers why they are driving an SUV in the city and remind them that there are alternatives.

We need to do this here in Canada. Anyone else up for it??

3 comments:

Magnus said...

Wow, I can comment... Haven't been able to for a couple of days. In fact, your blog has been crashing Gavin and Maria's browser for some reason. But I am off topic... um... what was I about to say?

Geosomin said...

Wierd...it must have had something to do with all the photos I posted on the weekend, as mine was crashing too up until today when I tried to view it and as soon as that post was pushed off the screen by new posts my PC was OK...
I'll delete a few pictures from that post and try and get it to stop...

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Magnus said...

Okay, works now for me as well.

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