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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
“When 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. …Actually here theyre now officially called Sports Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, as theyre called in America.”
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

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