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Fewer cars on the road would do wonders

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Toby Andrews' letter (19.5.05) accuses me of various things, including spite towards car owners and claiming to be an unelected representative for the mobility dispossessed - accusations I am happy to refute.

I'm not a campaigner for or against the congestion charge but I realise that there is limited land to cover with roads. At some point roads get over-full, and problems ensue. I thought the idea of the congestion charge was to raise funds for better public transport, not to inconvenience car users. Car users have never paid the full cost of the environmental and health damage they cause, so the congestion charge is just a case of returning some of the swag.

As for campaigning for a better transport system, it's some way down my list of priorities. I'd rather see safer streets, cleaner air in our cities and the number of road-accident casualties reduced from the current annual figure. I've a suspicion that fewer cars on the road might do wonders for them.

Phil Bixby, York

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