Letters of the week, July 12

What got you talking this week

Sunday Times Driving reader letters, July 12, 2015

Rough crossing

The people moaning about the toll system and charges at the Dartford Crossing (“Free ride”, Points, last week) should try living or working near the Severn Bridge (pictured above). How do you fancy paying £6.50 [against £2.50 for Dartford] for a car each time? This is a real cash cow!

John Mather, Newport 

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Continental rift

Nigel Ellis should not resent paying to use continental roads while “foreign drivers” use ours free (“Foreign exchange”, Points, last week). As an occasional user he should spare a thought for continental residents, for whom péage is a regular part of life.

JP Dias, Lindfield, West Sussex


Sharing my pain

For those of us who like cars and driving, car-sharing is abhorrent (“How many drivers can fit into a Mini? Hundreds”, last week). I and many others choose and buy cars we will enjoy driving. Long may our right to choose remain.

Bob Bull, Portishead, Somerset


Future shock

If Richard Branson really believes that all cars will be electric within two decades, then he should be building power stations (“I tell you, in 20 years all cars will be electric”, last week). It is impossible to charge any significant number of cars with the paucity of power stations we have — electric cars in the UK have no future.

Paul Rylance, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne

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In the clouds

Those tempted by Branson’s gamble on the imminent demise of the internal combustion engine would be advised to have a look at his long record of hopelessly overoptimistic predictions for his Virgin Galactic spaceship.

Mike McCrindell, Harpenden, Hertfordshire


Dating disaster

Emma Smith may well be kicking herself for not specifying the prize for her 20-year wager with Branson, but she made an even more basic error than that. She forgot to get him to date it.

Stuart Thompson, Shamley Green, Surrey


Stranding thieves

My first car was a 1960 Ford Prefect 107e. It had a button on the fuel line that could be pressed to cut off fuel (“It’s the latest Rangie anti-theft device . . . they call it ‘a key’”, News, June 28). The car could be opened and started with virtually any key but the miscreant would travel less than 100 yards.

Rob Anderson, Whitehaven, Cumbria



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