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Should the Legal Driving Age be increased to 21?

There are arguments that the legal driving age is too low, and this causes an unacceptably high level of traffic accidents. Raising the driving age, would ensure young drivers are more experienced and less prone to rash judgements which can put other road users at risk. Arguments for raising the legal driving age include: 1. Cut the number of deaths The highest death rate for drivers is amongst the age group 17-25. If the driving age is increased there would a be a fall in fatalities arising from motor…

Pros and Cons of a Congestion Charge

Pros and Cons of a Congestion Charge

An examination of the advantages and disadvantages of congestion charges: Some cities, such as London have introduced a congestion charge. The aim of a congestion charge is:Reduce congestion. Therefore reduce time wasted and reduce costs for business Reduce pollution. Fewer cars will lead to less pollution. Make city centres more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists, which will help increase the quality of life. Raise revenue. The money from congestion charge can be spent on other…

Shortage of Lorry Drivers

Shortage of Lorry Drivers

Despite high unemployment in the UK, there is a shortage of LGV drivers and it is estimated that the UK will need an extra 150,000 drivers by 2020.In Nottinghamshire, it is estimated that for every nine vacancies there is only one qualified candidate. (link) The average age of a (LGV) Large Goods Vehicle driver is 53. Only 2% of drivers are under 25. Regular readers of this blog will know that I tend to favour green transport…

Growth of Rail Travel in UK

Growth of Rail Travel in UK

I am currently writing a Revision Guide for OCR Economics A Level. For this, I’ve been doing some research into transport markets. Three interesting graphs from Social Trends vol 40.Cost of Rail TravelInteresting to note that the cost of train and buses has increased much faster than overall cost of using cars (this overall cost includes MOT, Purchase, tax, petrol, running costs…

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Benefits of 20 mph Zone for Cars

Currently, 3,000 people die a year on the roads in the UK. That equates to nearly 10 people a day. Interestingly, if 1 person died on the railways it would make front page news. But, 10 deaths per day, is seen as an acceptable consequence of people’s right to drive at speeds that they want. Of course, speed is not the only cause of death; but, it does make a fatal accident more likely . Death Rates from Speeding Cars Research from the Department for Transport indicates that:1 in 40 pedestrians…

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Cutting Petrol Tax

With petrol prices rising, there is a strong pressure on the government to cut taxes. However, cutting taxes would leave government finances with an even bigger black hole. If they did cut petrol taxes they would have to increase taxes elsewhere.When people campaign for tax cuts, you rarely hear them say. “Cut Petrol Tax, Increase VAT”. “Cut petrol Tax, increase income tax”Also there are many long term  benefits of higher petrol prices.Less congestion Greater incentives to increase fuel efficiency and find alternatives to crude oil. Less Pollution. Less Obesity, because people might actually…

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Higher London Congestion Charge for Gaz Guzzlers

It is interesting to note that Ken Livingstone has introduced a higher rate of the London congestion charge for cars which have high levels of fuel consumption (band G vehicles, which emit more than 225g of carbon dioxide per km) These are said to make up 15% of cars. It is clear that the policy is aimed at targeting the ‘chelsea tractors’ and encouraging people to buy energy efficient cars.I agree with this step, as I have always found that large SUVs 4WD to be unnecessary in London. They…

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Should we Abolish Speed Cameras?

Do Speed Cameras help reduce accidents and make our roads safer? Or do speed cameras merely raise revenue whilst failing to reduce fatalities? If exceeding the speed limit increases the risk of fatal and serious accidents should we not seek to enforce speed limits? It is argued that exceeding the speed limit causes various problems. Increased risk of accident If we break the speed limit there is a greater chance of being involved in an accident. Since, at least, 3,000 people per year die on British roads; we should take all possible…