Owning a car is outdated ’20th-century thinking’ and we must move to ‘shared mobility’ to cut carbon emissions, transport minister says

By Paul Homewood

Well, I did warn you!


Owning a car could become a fad of the past, a government minister claimed this week.

Junior transport minister Trudy Harrison, 45, told a sustainability conference owning a car was outdated ’20th-century thinking’ and the country should move to ‘shared mobility’ to cut carbon emissions.

Almost 80 per cent of households in the UK own a car according to figures by Statista for 2020.

Ms Harrison, who is also a former parliamentary private secretary to Boris Johnson, said the UK was ‘reaching a tipping point where shared mobility in the form of car clubs, scooters and bike shares will soon be a realistic option for many of us to get around.’

She told a virtual audience at shared transport charity CoMoUK what the country needed was a move away from ’20th-century thinking centred around private vehicle ownership and towards greater flexibility, with personal choice and low carbon shared transport’.

‘Changing the way people consider car ownership and dependency will take time,’ Ms Harrison said.


Socialists have been trying to get rid of our cars since the 1970s, and we are used to these arguments from eco-cranks. But this is the first time I have heard this from a government minister, although the writing has been on the wall for a long time.

It all slots together of course. Make us buy electric cars which we can’t afford, and that are not fit for purpose.Tax us to the hilt with road use charges and congestion charges. Ban cars from cities. Everything is aimed at a single purpose.

This never had anything to do with “climate change”. It is all to do with limiting our personal freedom, to stop us going where we want, when we want and doing what we want.



December 12, 2021 at 04:07AM

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