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The Road To The Future

The Road To The Future

When it comes to cars, everybody has a story to tell. Some people will tell you that they remember a time when petrol cost under one pound per gallon and how, during the ‘three day week’ of historical fame, they had to queue for four weeks to get a cup-full of fuel. Or something like that.

They will speak of early road-side café’s where you could get a decent full English breakfast or sumptuous lunch for less than five old pence and nobody had heard of speed cameras.

Sadly, times move on. Now, when a customer orders a full English at motorway services they not only know precisely what they will get but where each ingredient will be on the plate. When they stop for fuel they will have to help themselves and then stand in line whilst someone at the till buys groceries, batteries and a bargain copy of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’; and that’s just the blokes.

We all hope for a better future; that one day an enlightened politician, like a solicitous nanny, will tell us that everything is going to be all right. This is what makes it all a bit sad – ain’t never going to happen. Instead, like road transport, we will be over regulated across the entire gamut of our lives.

It is not a bad idea to use a motoring analogy. On the roads we are spied on relentlessly. Somewhere in the UK there is a computer with your face on it, possibly as an amusing screensaver. Your car can be tracked wherever it goes. Just like life the road ahead is littered with potholes. At every turn in the process of buying and running a car there is tax to pay. This is modern life.

So what to do? There is little a motorist can do regarding the surveillance society but it is possible to fight back in a small way. Governments take a short-term view of taxation to meet their needs at any given time over say, a five year period. They tax fuel but over time, as a consequence of this, we buy less of it. We look at alternatives like smaller and much more economical cars, bicycles, even walking in an effort to save money. There has to come a breaking point and unless there is some radical new thinking as to how we balance the books the long term effect will be the end of both the car industry and car ownership as we know it; and that will have a major knock-on effect to how we lead our lives.

At some point in the future, people will reminisce, not about pleasant road side eateries or leisurely drives through verdant countryside, but about the fact that they once saw a thing called a motorcar. Apparently, it’s called progress.

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