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Letters of the week, February 08

This week: stealth cameras, scrappage schemes, eating in cars and the Austin Allegro


Points: Letters of the week, February 8

Power grab

The absurdity of government grants for electric vehicles isn’t just that the wealthy get so much of the benefit of a supposed “green” source of energy (“Rich drive off in supercars subsidised by taxpayers’ £1.9m”, News, last week). Most of the National Grid’s electricity comes from fossil fuels: coal, oil or natural gas.

Anthony G Phillips, Salisbury

Courtesy call

So women and children should only have priority when abandoning ship (“Priority disembarking”, Points, last week). Unless the ship is Italian.

Peter Bradshaw, Liverpool

 

Space raider

Robert Warner’s letter on parking spaces only confirms suspicions I’ve had for a long time. Many 4×4 drivers take lessons in arrogance before getting behind the wheel.

William Vickers, Oxton, Wirral

Poor state of stealth

I regularly drive through the managed motorway section of the M4 (“Complaints spark motorway ‘stealth’ camera rethink”, News, last week). On every gantry there is a picture of a speed camera. It may be a pain if you are used to racing past, but stealthy? I don’t think so.

Jack Whittaker, Bristol

Points: Letters of the week, February 08

Grey matter

How can any device designed to improve road safety be cunning or underhand? I think the AA, RAC and other bodies that criticise the “grey” cameras need a rethink. Our household’s car insurance policies both include roadside cover from one of these groups; I too may rethink our insurance.

’Topher Davis, Codicote, Hertfordshire

 

Express service

On the M40 while heading for the Oxford exit I am always being passed by coaches, even though I am driving at 70mph (“Heavy penalty”, Points, last week). To say they are restricted to 62mph is untrue.

Brian Dugan, Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire

 

Flash of inspiration

I am in the process of submitting the patent for a new invention — indicators on cars, which I hope reader Rob Lane’s signal-free supermarket driver will purchase, along with the thousands of other motorists (“Self drive”, Points, last week).

Peter Till, Stoke-on-Trent

Fine tuning

Steve Harley misses the point about means-testing fines (“Come up and see me, pay my fine”, last week). Surely the punishment is equitable if the same amount of financial pain is experienced by rich and poor alike. A £60 fine is more painful to someone on minimum wage than it is to Mr Millionaire.

Phil Smith, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Out of hand

Why is it that a smoker can have a cigarette in one hand and smoke while driving, but if I hold and eat an apple at the wheel I could be stopped and fined?

Ken Morris, Guildford

 

Scrap value

The government should consider an engine scrappage scheme in which old diesel units are replaced by newer, more efficient and less polluting ones. A generic 2-litre turbocharged engine could be manufactured by, say, Jaguar Land Rover in the UK. This would cut pollution, capitalise on Britain’s brilliant engineering expertise and create jobs.

Nick Marr, Horwich, Greater Manchester

 

Behind the curves

So men don’t like curves (“Sorry, sir, you can’t take that machinegun in hand luggage”, Clarkson, January 25). Really? Think Spitfire wings, vinyl LPs and Beyoncé.

Tim Bennett, Kesgrave, Suffolk

 

Fair and square

Not another prestige car with a steering wheel other than circular (“It’s drizzling, I’m doing 2mph . . . and all’s well with the world”, Clarkson, last week). Is it time for a collective apology to the much-maligned Austin Allegro?

Mike Hall, Shepperton, Surrey

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