Transport

Congestion charges hand over our roads to wealthy motorists

Congestion charges penalise poor people and fail to deal with the reasons for traffic congestion, says the car review website dogandlemon.com. 

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“Congestion charges discourage ride-sharing and encourage wealthier people to use cars. But cities like Auckland weren’t built by wealthy people; Auckland was built by poor people who often had little choice but to drive to work.”

Government misrepresenting facts on roadside drug testing

The government’s proposed roadside drug tests are based on unreliable science, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Dogandlemon.com editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, whose road safety research was awarded by the Australian Police Journal, says the government is either mistaken or deliberately misrepresenting the facts on drugged driving.

Congestion charges: “One road for the rich, one road for the poor.”

Congestion charges encourage wealthy people to use cars, says the car review website dogandlemon.com

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“Congestion charges effectively create a class system: one road for the rich; one road for the poor.”

“Wealthy people love congestion charges. They simply pay a little extra for having the roads cleared of poor people who can’t afford to pay congestion charges.”

Fatal van accident linked to poorly marked intersections

Today’s fatal van accident, in which four people died, could probably have been avoided if the intersection had been properly marked, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says accidents of this kind are frequently the result of drivers not noticing a compulsory Stop sign.

Cyclists need shuttle over Auckland harbour bridge

Cyclists should be able to safely cross the Auckland harbour bridge, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is a road safety campaigner and advocate for cyclists’ and pedestrians’ rights, believes cycling over the existing bridge would be very dangerous in bad weather.

Truck drivers often don’t see the cyclists they kill

All commercial vehicles should be fitted with surround-view cameras that give the driver a 360° view of the road around them, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says truck drivers are often completely unaware that they’ve just killed an innocent cyclist.

Congestion charges clear poor people from busy roads

Congestion charges discourage ride-sharing and encourage wealthier people to use cars, says the car review website dogandlemon.com

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“Why do New Zealand's central and local government almost always favour congestion charges instead of ride-sharing?” The answer is simple: wealthy people are effectively controlling the debate over congestion. Ride-sharing affects rich and poor equally; congestion charges favour the rich."

Government increase in fines for illegal use of cellphones in cars ‘pathetic'

The government’s slight increase in fines for drivers illegally using cellphones is ‘pathetic’, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says many drivers will simply continue to use cellphones and accept the risk of a higher penalty.

UK bans e-scooters from pavements, bans private scooters, requires driver’s licence for scooter riders

New Zealand should follow the lead of the UK and introduce sensible regulations for e-scooters, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an outspoken road safety campaigner, says:

Police 'courageous' to restrict police pursuits

A new police pursuits policy that restricts most pursuits of fleeing drivers will save many lives, including the lives of police and public, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

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