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Unfair charges laid at the door of car users


Phil Bixby (AJ 21.4.05) recognises that cycling, walking and public transport are not always free choices for a great number of elderly and those from lowincome households, and yet then seeks to condemn those who use their cars as somehow responsible for undermining their lack of personal mobility.

Ironically, this is just spiteful nonsense masquerading as a defence of poorer sections of the community. It is also a misrepresentation of reality.

At the moment, for example, the good mayor of London is threatening to increase the congestion charge as a means of inconveniencing more people to get out of their cars. Funnily enough, the very people who will be priced out are those in low-income brackets; and the numbers of people consequently having to cram themselves on our inadequate public transport provision will not make the journey any more comfortable for those pensioners, children and young people for whom Bixby seems to be the unelected representative.

I am not a campaigner for or against the congestion charge, neither am I what Bixby might parody as 'others in love with their cars'. Surely, the main thing is to campaign for a decent transport system, not the sort of sectarian system of robbing Peter to pay Paul that Bixby seems to be advocating?

Toby Andrews, Wood Green

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