Thursday, 9 April 2009

Dear Motorist

Your sole purpose in life is to fill government coffers:

Motorists will be able to drive straight through a series of green traffic lights along a single stretch of road after the Government relaxed traffic flow rules.


Er, ok.

A motorist approaching the first traffic light at the speed limit or just below would trigger a succession of green lights and travel down the road faster.

The schemes are already in use in cities including Amsterdam and Copenhagen, the scheme use sensors in the road to keep the traffic moving.

The introduction of "green waves" will help to cut carbon emissions and traffic noise.

Up until now the Department for Transport discouraged such schemes, increasing motorists' frustration at being met by a succession of red lights.

It was because the Government feared motorists who were travelling smoothly, rather than stopping and starting, would use less fuel and pay less to the Treasury in duty as a result.


That's what it's all about, isn't it?

I am amazed that Timmy is amazed.

5 comments:

Dennis said...

They had this system on the A412 in Slough at least as far back as 1965. Not a road I travel by choice, and last time I went along it the "synchronized lights" (for such were they called) were definitely not in synch, so I suppose the cunts had turned the system off for the reason you give.

This also explains the cunts' fondness for confusing and unnecessarily diverting one-way systems, Winchester's being a prime example.

So much for the carbon footprint.

(Notice how I have now taken to calling the "authorities" by their proper term. My contempt for them could not be any greater than it is now.)

The Economic Voice said...

The motoring tax take is designed always to be a sliver below whatever it would actually take to make drivers' change their habits.

The fuel escalator is a very clever tool here. It keeps squeezing the pips until the eyes really water and can be switched off immediately it actually has an effect. And then the sheeple tug their forelocks and say 'oh thank you guv'nor for listening' FFS.

This is the same as the tobacco and alcohol tax takes. There has been an effective tobacco tax escalator in place, but I wouldn't be surprised if a formal tobacco and alcohol one was imposed too.

Rightwinggit said...

So,in a 30Mph zone you would approach the lights at 29Mph.....



Does that mean it would work at 87Mph as well?

Chalcedon said...

Blimey. Now you mention it it may explain why many traffic lights seem to be desynchronised. They hate motorists. so why the help for Jag landy which only make cars for rich peple? Could it be to secure votes from the workers and those workers at dependant parts companies perhaps?

Well, a quick glance at the amount of tax on petrol and diesel gives the game away again. they hate motorists and just want to relieve them of loads of cash.

microdave said...

"It was because the Government feared motorists who were travelling smoothly, rather than stopping and starting, would use less fuel and pay less to the Treasury in duty as a result."

Can we hope this will mean wholesale removal of speed humps, which cause enormous wear & tear, and extra pollution.