The Anonymous Widower

Should Everybody Aim For NoDrive Months?

Over the last few years, we have had vegan and alcohol-free months.

So why shouldn’t people try to organise months, when they don’t drive?

I suspect people would perhaps start with one summer month in a particular year.

 

January 17, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | ,

4 Comments »

  1. Nice idea, but I would prefer it a month in which we would be snowed in, because if I don’t go out by car, I don’t go out except to talk to very close neighbours. Neil works from home, but his job involves him driving over a large part of Northern England and all of Wales, often with a lot of equipment. Most places haven’t got public transport.

    Our daughter has recently replaced her car – her practice is to buy from new and run it until is no longer repairable, she last bought a new car 11 years ago. When she moved in with her partner, it became much longer distance to commute, but much quicker to get there because she lives in the city centre and all the traffic is going in the opposite direction to her.

    She wanted to buy an electric car, and could have afforded one with no problem. However, the apartment block they live in does not have electric charging points in its car park; they are on the 3rd floor on the oppositete side of the building to the car part, so a charging point in the apartment wouldn’t help. Her employers don’t have charging points either. The nearest charging point to the apartment is just short of a mile away, and involves going down some roads that a young woman wouldn’t choose to go down in the dark. They are wanting to move out of the apartment and they will make sure they have a charging point at the next home they live in. However, they can’t move right now because the cladding on the apartment block doesn’t comply with the new fire regulations resulting from the Grenfell fire. They own the flat, and cannot sell it or let it without the necessary compliance. The residents association and the management company are sorting things but it takes a long time. And although our daughter and her partner are in the fortunate situation of being able to pay the few thousand per flat it will cost, many of the other residents aren’t able to do that, and in the case of the tenants in the block, the landlords aren’t willing to pay out that amount of money involved, because they haven’t got that sort of money. So the electric cars will be a long time coming I think.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | January 17, 2020 | Reply

    • Sounds like your daughter will be better with hydrogen. The Times is today laying out Sell’s policy on hydrogen. A small hydrogen car gas a range of 300 miles; so if Shell put in a hydrogen garage at a convenient point, she can have her cake and eat it!

      Comment by AnonW | January 17, 2020 | Reply

  2. Another idea from the Elites. I live in a village eight miles from a large supermarket. We have no shops, pubs or effective public transport. The roads are falling apart, thirty years ago they were better, we had buses to adjacent towns, and shop and post office, one pub. We are older and less healthy now, so doctors hospitals and shops without a car are impossible for people like us. There are no Electric car chargers within 5miles, and we cannot afford the price of one. People should remember that the world was supposed to have been eradicated by Nuclear Bombs by 1980, so Global Warming is another scam like that. The Catholics used to have Purgatory to scare one, if you paid the money, you went to heaven. Same lies. Everything you cannot see is used to scare you into parting with money.

    Comment by jagracer | January 17, 2020 | Reply

    • But then, I’m only suggesting this is done occassionally and I know the problems of being a prisoner in a beautiful countryside prison.
      Quite frankly, a lot of villages don’t fit a modern society. There is no public transport, no ride-sharing, no taxis, no safe cycle routes and most of the houses generate lots of carbon from heating.
      They also illustrate, what an impractical design the average electric car is,with no range, no reserve and a battery that wears out from charging.
      Hydrogen will.be much better when filling stations are more common or personal ones on a hydrogen gas main are possible. In the countryside, farm equipment will go to hydrogen and farmers will install a supply probably using renewable energy and electrolysis. Hopefully, farmers will provide a local filling service.
      The other problem with the countryside, is everybody who works needs a car, so it is naturally environmentally inefficient.

      Comment by AnonW | January 17, 2020 | Reply


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