Re: Re: Proposal to ban private cars from Dublin city centre
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@paul h wrote:
…and leave the poor motorists alone!
the problem with this kind of language is that implies that ‘motorists’ are a separate ethnic group or an endangered animal species worthy of protection and basic rights. I use my car to drive around ballsbridge and donnybrook where land is worth 100m per acre and I pay nothing extra on my flat annual tax to do so. I take up masses of roadspace, preventing public transport from functioning properly, and making wallking and cycling dangerous and unpleasant. By choosing to drive, I remove a passenger fromm public transport so the transport company loses revenue and services are less frequent. And I will continue to do so unless I am prevented from doing so by law or charged more than I can afford or delayed sufficiently to make a bus more convenient.
I have no more entitlement to rights as a ‘motorist’ than as a ‘fax machinist’ or a user of any other device. We are Dubliners and users of the city. The machines should be our slaves rather than us being their pets.