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The time has come to let the motor industry solve the transport crisis

Perhaps the wisest thing that former transport minister Stephen Byers ever said was vouchsafed to the Parliamentary Transport Select Committee two days before his resignation. In a blinding flash of insight into the real nature of the transport crisis, he broke ranks with political correctness and said: 'It would be a fundamental mistake to ignore the fact that 80 per cent of journeys are taken by people in their cars.'

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