How do you square a circle? It’s obviously a conundrum. And that’s the thing that haunts politicians of the green persuasion when it comes to cars, lorries, vans; the things we need in business to move stuff around.
The pro-business lobby, including me, asks for some sort of realism in the debate. Pricing vehicles off the road is not a solution. We already pay through the nose for our cars, our petrol and our parking. Squeezing us with tolls and road charges will just make the UK more uncompetitive and bash manufacturing over the head just when it needs life support.
And for service based businesses like builders, technicians, gardeners, film crews; we need our vehicles to carry our equipment, do business and pay tax.
Our kit can’t be carried on a train even by two people.
But there is room for manoeuvre by offering businesses incentives where appropriate. I’ve got 6 staff; 2 of us commute by car and that’s only because we live more than 20 miles outside of the city centre.
Mendip Media is proud to support the bike2work scheme. Andy, our editor, has recently purchased a lush new bike to cycle 10 miles to and from home. The company paid for it and he’s paying us back over 6 months. Despite the hills he says cycling saves him around 10 minutes daily travel time compared to when he drives.
Priya comes to work on the Bristol cross city train that is overcrowded and often late.
So my plea to the new mayor is rather than shutting the city traffic down for the yummy mummy brigade, engage with the whole community to find better urban transport systems and schemes that work.