Twaddle from the Anti-Car Cartel:
Four-by-four vehicles in city centres are a danger to pedestrians, a potential hazard to other road users, can cause more damage than any other type of car, and take up more road space.
Lib-Dem chair of the London Assembly's transport committee
irresponsible and dangerous
they damage community spirit by making cities unwelcoming
Sian Berry, AAU4
Too many people are driving a dangerous weapon through our crowded streets because they regard it as a fashion accessory. Our aim is to make driving these things socially unacceptable.
Hayley Rolfe, AAU4
The Times 2006-06-23
The Voice of Sanity:
There is a danger of victimization here. First it was White Van Man, now it is off-road drivers. What's next? Sports car owners? Drivers of soft-tops?
Al Clarke, SMMT, BBC 2003-05-23
This is a straightforward anti-countryside policy which would hit livestock farming areas in particular.
Conservative Mid and West Wales AM
(Referring to higher road tax for 4x4s)
In a democracy there is no place for politicians or the anti car brigade telling motorists what vehicle they may or may not drive. Perhaps this is more about the politics of envy rather than the politics of democracy.
If anybody ever tries to tell me that Britain has the greatest democratic system in the world, I'll remind them they couldn't be further from the truth. A great democracy wouldn't have room for a powerful, high-ranking politician who publicly and viciously tells millions of motorists that many of them are idiots simply because of the cars they choose to drive.
Auto Express 2004-06-09
...fringe activists who feel they have won the class war against foxhunting are demonising motorists because they need a new target.
It's clear from the tone of the anti-4x4 campaigners that they have a sense of moral outrage quite unrelated to rational analysis.
... the goal of Greenpeace is to put people out of work, and to destroy what`s left of the United Kingdom`s ‘free society.’
John Galt, 2005-05-17
I urge the Sunday Mercury to support West Midlands Land Rover workers rather than join the social engineers and subscribe to their prejudiced view of 4x4's. I refer the the appalling 19th March editorial on '4x4 mums.' What is so wrong with a taller, multi-purpose vehicle that allows a better view of the road ahead and has the benefit of improved traction in all weather conditions? They are not necessarily 'gas guzzlers,' most aren't any longer than many other vehicles, and they haven't caused 4.7 billion years of climate change. In a free and democratic society, if we still have one, we are allowed to choose the vehicle, or Sunday paper, that suits our own needs rather than the myth based arguments of someone else. We've lost MG Rover, let's not lose Land Rover as well.
ABD Local Co-ordinator for Birmingham
This is not about environmental issues — the overall contribution of 4x4s to greenhouse gasses in negligible. This is simply a nasty and vindictive piece of class warfare dressed up as progressive legislation.
Letter to the Times
I drive a 4x4 mainly because the higher ground clearance means it is easier for disabled and elderly passengers to get in and out as the seat is a better height from the ground.
Mrs. J. Bingley
"Stick to the big models and look out for signs of genuine off-road use, such as mud or equipment in the back. We want the farmers who need these things on our side, so try not to annoy them by mis-targeting."
Who's in the anti-4x4 cartel?
• Sian Berry, seems to have become the figurehead, whether she is self-appointed or not, is unclear.
- You can email her via firstname.lastname@example.org
• David Begg
• Friends of the Earth
• GLA Liberal Democrats — they think 4x4s should pay twice the congestion charge
• Green Party
• Hayley Rolfe, Alliance Against Urban 4x4s
• Jenny Jones, London Assembly Member, Green Party
• Ken Livingstone
• Liberal Democrats
• Malcolm Wicks MP, Minister of State for Energy
• Norman Baker MP, Lib Dem MP for Lewes
- used to Environment spokesman until Ming spotted what a liability he was.
Anti-4x4 ranters are typically heavy on emotive claptrap and short on facts (mainly because they haven't got any facts), so here are some facts:
CONGESTION - 4x4s are insignificant contributors to congestion and those that do sit in jams actually improve matters!
|Have you been targetted by anti 4x4-nutters?
If they have placed any sticker on your car which cannot be immediately removed, that's criminal damage — call the police.
If their behaviour is threatening or if they use abusive language — call the police.
Take a photograph of any offender, and obtain names and contact details of any witnesses.
Don't just sit there and submit to their bullying!
Join the ABD and help us fight back against these odious fanatics.
|Driving to France in a 4x4?
Print this out and stick it in your window.