Saturday 23 March 2013 8.34am
the attempt to pressure people into not using their cars is doomed to fail as long as public transport is so unreliable, dirty and unsafe...
This is definitely off the original topic, but this thread contains several complaints about the unreliability of road transport - it's not an attribute of public transport alone.
Private transport is 'dirty'. Maybe not particularly so for the passenger, but it emits PM10s, NO2, CO and a lot of other stuff into the atmosphere that you wouldn't want to breath if you had a choice. It's one of the reasons that more than 4,000 people a year die in London of air pollution related issues.
Per passenger mile "Killed and Seriously Injured" (KSI) rates in private transport are considerably higher than on public transport, so it's statistically not true that it's unsafe.
So, for all of their benefits of convenience and privacy, private cars are unreliable, dirty and unsafe.