We will always need cars so stop penalising motorists – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Peter Horton, Sandy Lane, Ripon.

Will electric cars negate the need for more buses in the future?

YOUR correspondent Claire Haigh, chief executive of Greener Journeys, makes her case for increased use of public transport, and I cannot argue against the fact that more people on buses would mean less people in cars (The Yorkhsire Post, August 3). But then she goes on to show that she is following the current trend against the private car by advocating workplace parking levies and road pricing along with an increase in fuel duty.

Bus services are not universal to serve every town and village and never will be, so the 
private car is essential for many people, especially in rural 
areas.

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Also the references to carbon emissions does not factor in that cars have become progressively cleaner with every new model that is produced, and we are moving towards a 
predominance of electric vehicles and zero pollution in the near future.

Should there be greater investment in Yorkshire's bus services?

The private car is a vital element of the whole transport picture in the UK, and its drivers should not be treated as an inexhaustible source of revenue through punitive charging regimes.

There are some 38 million drivers in the UK – all potential voters – and one day soon they may just say “Enough”.

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