Hi, Trucks what's up with you today - off on a wee rant of your own. I simply look at it this way - fuel ain't gonna last for ever - now is it. So the less we use uneccessarily the longer it will last - so the longer we get to drive. Do you believe we should be allowed to drive whatever we want without some sort of restriction.
What harm is a 4x4 really doing if it's being driven 50 miles a week? Is the driver really doing more harm than someone with a Smart who does 200 miles a week? Of course not - the differences aren't that great at all. Without taking the absolute extremes, there's typically no more than a 2 to 3 times improvement between driving one of the thirstiest cars you can and driving one of the most economical.
Besides, if it's really about emissions and natural resources, then why stop at this? A much more effective solution would be to limit everyone's household central heating system to 18 degrees C in every room. They could soon come up with new thermostatic radiator valves that could do this, and of course make it an offence to tamper with them or heat your house by other means (and if you do, they could take a leaf out of their road charging proposals and send you to prison, where it's only 15 degrees in your cell in winter
It's not about emissions and natural resources though is it? It's about squeezing that little bit more out of the general public in a way that won't upset too many people. There's a lot of ill feeling towards 4x4's and sports cars, largely thanks to that part of the British psyche that ingrains our people with a heartfelt resentment towards anyone who's doing better than they are. By peeing on the bonfire of the Chelsea tractor brigade, the politicians can grab a few more quid to flush down the toilet and they might just win back a few of the voters that they've ticked off in other areas.
Here's hoping it's too little too late for this bunch. Still, you can't blame them for trying.
Edit: Just to add - I might start to take their stance on green issues a bit more seriously the day that Prescott swaps at least one of his Jags for a Prius