Green Taliban want to ban all trucks because they are filthy and dangerous

Julie-Ann Genter, Green Party

Julie Anne Genter, Green Party

The Greens are about to launch a transport policy aimed at getting trucks off the roads.

Transport spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter says New Zealand needs cleaner, safer and cheaper freight options.

“A few expensive motorways and more trucks just aren’t going to cut it,” she said ahead of the policy launch.

“Our new transport infrastructure policy will reduce the number of trucks clogging up the country’s roads.”

Ms Genter says it will also save lives, because every year on average 55 people are killed in crashes involving trucks and 874 are seriously injured.

“The National government funds transport in a completely nonsensical way, putting high cost, low benefit motorways first, second and third,” she said.

“Because of that backwards, 20th century thinking, in just 10 years we can expect to see another 1.7 million truck trips on our roads, making them more dangerous for all of us and driving up pollution.”

Ms Genter’s idea of forward thinking is to use trains. which apparently isn’t 20th century thinking, because that’s 19th century thinking.

The rest of the world is looking at self driving trucks and drones.

The Green Party want to ban trucks because they make roads “more dangerous for all”, but that ignores the fact that truck drivers are actually mostly not to blame for any fatal accidents.

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http://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Research/Documents/Trucks-2015.pdf

A few expensive motorways and more trucks are in fact exactly the correct solution.  They are working astoundingly well right now.  How often has the newspaper been late?  Or the bread or milk not been delivered to stores for the day?

And how does Ms Genter propose I move house, get my TradeMe purchases to my house, or have the new bedroom suite delivered?

 

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