“The struggle on automobile possession is being gained by politicians and ecomentalists”
Let’s begin with one Ford Focus driver, who racked up fines of round £13,000 for failing to pay Extremely-Low Emission Zone fees in London, illustrating the dimensions of the potential earnings for state or personal enforcement companies. It’ll be an interesting authorized check case. Why hasn’t the automobile been clamped, for instance? And might we be shocked there’s now a mini-boom in gross sales of non permanent/unlawful quantity plates utilized by drivers understandably eager to dodge such fines?
As if motor makers don’t have sufficient on their plates, there have been experiences in October that automobile progress within the western world will now cease at present ranges. And the speculation is that it could by no means enhance once more – not, I think, because of a scarcity of potential consumers, however as a result of the struggle on automobile possession and usership is being gained by the politicians and ecomentalists.
On the same theme, whereas drivers are more and more priced out of their private mobility machines on to public transport, environmental activists have been mindlessly sabotaging and halting the trains by, amongst different issues, attaching themselves to the rattling issues with glue. Appears that except we stroll, or journey bicycles, we mustn’t go away our properties. But when we do keep behind closed doorways, don’t you dare use these carbon-emitting wood-burning stoves or central heating boilers; and don’t be shocked if these are quickly banned by councils.
Embarrassed and confused hypocrite of the month? Chris Hohn, the billionaire hedge fund supervisor, who was named as a serious monetary backer of the current local weather change protests. But on 19 October it was reported that ‘Hohn builds £630million stake in Heathrow’. No contradictions, conflicts of pursuits or double requirements there then, eh?
Mid-October marked the revelation that two hard-working brothers from Blackburn are about to make £5bn by ‘floating their petrol station empire’. This confirms to me that if anybody thinks the sport is up for unleaded and diesel, they’re ’orribly mistaken.
October 31 was meant to be the concluding day of the longest operating, most damaging divorce case in historical past (the one involving Britain and the EU). Shock shock, it didn’t occur. As a substitute, Peugeot of France successfully married Fiat of Italy (in addition to Chrysler of America) on that day, to create what should be the motor trade couple with the most important variety of well-known and never so well-known junior marques beneath its parentage.
Whereas not an ’orrible occasion per se, can the blissful newlyweds actually justify designing, constructing and attempting to promote small vehicles with Peugeot, Fiat, Citroen, Vauxhall, Opel, Abarth, Jeep and Lancia badges? Er, no. Not an opportunity. One or two should certainly be orphaned off.
Nonetheless, on a happier notice, at the very least Peugeot’s costly quickie marriage to Fiat means it not has the time, cash or power to make a hostile bid for the affections of the English rose that’s JLR. And this, with due respect to the French, must be a great factor.
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