The cars that ate Melbourne….?
Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on April 1st, 2008
The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #52, 25 March 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar, www.goingsolar.com.au/transport. This newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.
The Cars That Ate Cities
â€œWhen youre in traffic these days, four-wheel drives are everywhere. Most of them are registered in the cities and rarely leave the bitumen. They can be deadly urban assault vehicles. Many of them guzzle fuel at a rate that makes the big Falcons and Commodores look like petrol misers. And the toxic emissions that many four-wheel drives spew from their exhaust pipes can rate up there with small trucks. Four wheel drive sales have boomed over the past decade; they now make up about a quarter of all new passenger vehicles sales in this country. In contrast, regulation by the federal and state governments is going at a snails pace. Its been a similar situation in the United States, where four-wheel drives now rule the roads. New Australian safety research youll hear about on todays program adds to the concern. â€¦Actually here theyre now officially called Sports Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, as theyre called in America.â€
Ref: Stephen Skinner, Background Briefing, The Cars That Ate Cities, Radio National 15/6/03
Read the full transcript: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/bbing/stories/s881845.htm