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Private transport is anything but convenient

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Martin Pawley (AJ 13.6.02) argues that private transport is the most convenient mode of travelling, but ignores the fact that:

The sheer numbers of cars on the move lead to gridlock;

Most of the cars occupied during commuting hours are designed for four people, but used by one only - the driver;

Depletion of the ozone layer leads to global warming and the dire consequences of global disasters;

Air and noise pollution increase the stress of city life;

Enormous land space is required for parking and movement;

Many other negative factors mean a long-term investment in mass suicide.

The motor industry is not interested in all of the above. Its sole aim is profit and keeping up with changing trends.

Teck Ong, London W9

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