Car Communism On the Way for UK
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Car Communism is coming to Britain! The UK's supposedly 'Conservative' Transport Minister is calling for the country to move away from private car ownership, with shared communally-owned transport instead becoming the norm.
Outlining her support for a system that’s “fit for the future”, Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said the country needs to move away from “20th century thinking centred around private vehicle ownership” and introduce “greater flexibility, with personal choice and low carbon shared transport”. Shared transport includes bike share schemes, car clubs, shared rides, e-scooters, and digital demand responsive transport.
Harrison told delegates at the Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK) annual shared transport conference that it is “staggering” that nearly two-thirds of car trips are taken by lone drivers.
She said that the UK is at a “tipping point” where shared mobility will soon be a “realistic option for many of us to get around, where mobility hubs become a familiar part of our street architecture, and where all these options will be available to book and pay for at the touch of a smartphone”.
“The challenge is to move further and faster to make shared mobility less of a novelty and increasing the norm to make it as easy, as convenient and as accessible as possible,” she added.
“We are reaching a tipping point where shared mobility in the form of car clubs, scooters and bike shares will soon be a realistic option for many of us to get around.
“Where mobility hubs become a familiar part of our street architecture and where all these options will be available to book and pay for at the touch of a smartphone.
“I think the benefits are really significant: from clean air to healthier populations to greater connectivity for more people, no matter where they live.”
Richard Dilks, chief executive of the shared transport lobby group CoMoUK, said that the minister’s comments were very welcome and demonstrate that shared transport is firmly on the Government’s agenda.
“Shared transport is the key to a more sustainable future for the UK, enabling people to use transport without the need to own it - shifting to resources such as car clubs, bike share, shared rides and demand responsive transport – with a lower impact on the environment and transport infrastructure,” he added.
"By encouraging people to use public and active travel modes more, governments can help reduce the demand for privately owned cars and achieve the country’s net zero strategy.”
And some people still say that "you'll own nothing and be happy" is a 'conspiracy theory'!
Do not think for a moment that this is some special madness engulfing just Great Britain. Communal car schemes are being promoted hard in various EU states, with Germany heading the field. In the United States, the San Diego Association of Government’s board of directors recently passed its annual Regional Transportation Plan that originally included a provision to charge drivers a fee for literally every single mile driven. It’s sort of like the fuel tax, but worse since it applies an additional 4 cents per mile regardless of whether you’re burning liquid fuel or sourcing it from the grid using an electric vehicle.
Fortunately, that particular item received sufficient opposition to have it taken out of the plan. However, the board hinted that it wanted to revisit the item at a later date because it believes the entire premise of its existence is to create a 30-year blueprint that encourages the region (encompassing 18 Californian cities) to transition away from personal vehicle ownership as a way to enhance public transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The 2021 Regional Transportation Plan passed recently by the San Diego Association of Government’s board of directors is a $160 billion initiative just for the metropolitan area to boost public transportation.
Expect to see similar measures in other cities and maybe entire states/territories in North America and beyond in the near future. And understand that all the talk about being 'green' and 'environmentally friendly' is simply propaganda for a scheme designed to nuke personal vehicle ownership for all but the very wealthy. More like "You'll own nothing, and we'll be happy".