‘Road tax’ video to turn petrolheads

No bicycles. No mention that cyclists have every right to be on roads (not) paid for by motorists. Just footage of a rather famous pre-1973 motorcar, as used in a movie and a TV advert. [iTunes link for getting Chitty road tax video on iPods and iPhones]. ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ is one of the …

Britain’s new Transport Secretary is a petrol-head

In an interview in The Telegraph, Geoff Hoon said: “I drove 3,500 miles this summer on our family holiday, we drove across 10 countries. I have driven across the United States four times. I love cars, I love being in cars, I think so do most people. “I want to help and support those people …

Petrolheads: here’s your future

A PR stunt in London has shown us a glimpse of the future. Electronic Arts has taken over the Last Stop garage in Finsbury Park, north London, to promote the game Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. The company is giving away £20,000 worth of petrol: any motorist can queue up to get £40 of free …

“Petrol: we’re running out”

Two of Britain’s tabloid newspapers lead with the current “fuel crisis”, reporting that petrol is running out, leading to panic buying at the pumps. The Daily Express headline above is run in caps on the front page and is doing its best to fuel the crisis. The story beneath the headline, of course, is all …

Car culture is grown by the Department for Motorised Road Transport

The UK’s Department for Transport has a good minister for cycling, albeit one shackled by having little real power, and a small number of committed civil servants with cycling’s best interests at heart. However, it’s inescapable that – aside from the officials involved with the vanity project that is HS2 – the Department for Transport …

Which is greenest? England’s forest estate or an electric estate car?

If you can afford to spend £28,000 on an electric car, our Government will give you a big fat cheque for £5000 as part of a £400m package to subsidise the nascent electric car market. Selling off 15 percent of England’s forest estate will raise a paltry £100m. Electric cars – which are, in fact, …

Does Hoverboard Hammond live in fear of Monty Python?

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond will be appearing on Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’ next week. If you live in Surrey and want to put a petrolhead minister on the spot now could be your chance. The event will be on 19th November at Wallington High School for Girls, Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey SM6 0PH. Free tickets …

Do Transport Ministers dream of electric sheep?

From January onwards, thanks to a £43m gift from UK taxpayers, UK consumers will be eligible for £5000 grants to go get themselves electric cars. By definition these early adopters will be well-heeled. On the whole, electric cars will be sold as urban runabouts to rich folks who already own petrol-engine cars and who, because …

Does ‘Hoverboard Hammond’ really believe e-cars will cure congestion?

Watch the video for my critical comments on this morning’s party conference speech by Philip ‘end the war on motorists’ Hammond. It’s well known Hammond is a petrol-head but he now seems to think electric cars will solve almost all ills. Here’s some snippets from a speech he gave last month to a ‘low carbon …

In opposition to segregation

“Once allow us to be put on separate roads and there will be an increasing outcry to keep us to those roads and to forbid us access to the ordinary roads of the country.” Who said that? When did he say it and what was he referring to? Opposition from a president of the CTC …