Make it harder to drive

Currently there is no reason or incentive for people to opt to cycle, walk or take the bus over driving (other than those who are climate conscious individuals).

We have a car obsession in Jersey. People are busy and therefore use cars for short trips because it is easier than walking or cycling. I understand some individuals (specifically those older) may need to use a car to get around. However, unless there is a motivation for people to change their ways, people will not do so. 

People need to think about the planet every time they get into their car and think "is this journey necessary? Could I go via other means?"

In many cities in Europe, car parking costs are extortionately high. This puts people off driving, they are forced to take public transport to save money. In Luxembourg as an example, all public transport is free. 

We either need to incentivise green behaviour or punish non-green behaviour. Without it we will not see any change. 

Why the contribution is important

Because we will not see any mass change in behaviour until people are forced to change their ways. Currently either people are not thinking about this enough or are taking the easy option. 

by High5 on February 16, 2021 at 01:44PM

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  • Posted by brucecarnegie February 16, 2021 at 15:12

    There needs to be a carrot and stick approach. The stick is to disincentive car use, the carrot is to make public transport, cycling and walking cheaper and more pleasant the private vehicle use.

    Importantly this should not disenfranchise the disabled, the elderly or children.
  • Posted by High5 February 16, 2021 at 15:16

    Absolutely agree with you!
  • Posted by Shanti February 16, 2021 at 16:55

    Absolute agree too.
  • Posted by RichardLeSueur February 16, 2021 at 22:30

    Agree. A combination of carrot and stick is the best way forward.
  • Posted by NickyW February 17, 2021 at 09:38

    The new urban plan for the town suggests parking on the fringes with shuttle buses within the town itself. This seems a good compromise to me. We live in a society now where people don't want to walk any distance, and feel that they should be able to park almost outside. This isn't physically healthy for us! Pre-Covid I used the bus into town a lot. But I do have an OAP bus pass. When I worked I used to compare the cost of parking to the cost of the bus, and very often they were pretty close! And jumping in your car is so much easier than standing at a cold and windy bus stop.

    Maybe parking costs should go up, and bus fares go down?
  • Posted by Ellie February 17, 2021 at 21:47

    Absolutely agree.
  • Posted by karenleroyharris February 19, 2021 at 12:15

    Yes I agree. I think buses should actually be free as a real incentive - at least a lot cheaper. Also if you need to get multiple buses to get somewhere - you should be charge for both buses. Like in London it should be capped if do 2 journey in 2 hours etc. I dont have a car and mostly cycle. But when me and my husband have got 2 buses to get somewhere - a return journey is £16 - much more expensive then driving, This is not right and there is no inventive to get the bus.

    We need real financial incentives to ditch the car and get the bus/cycle.

    I would like to see St Helier much greener and make some of the centre car free with an electric shuttle for those that need to get closer.

  • Posted by sylvainforet February 21, 2021 at 09:06

    Much strong language and almost dictatorial ideas are being promoted by some who most likely mean well about cycling. In 2021 it is not the norm to promote ideology such as 'forced out of cars'. This is not North Korea or The Peoples Republic of China. Those who are well meaning should look up 'Tour de Force' on It is in English and sets out how in a civilised society government plays a part in the promotion of cycling. By consensus. Notwithstanding the official participation in 'Tour de Force' the Dutch government formally acknowledges that the car performs a vital role in life.
    The official statistics of the country do show that in the five years between 2015 and 2020 the population did grow by 2.99%, whereas the increase in the number of cars in the period was 9.1% and for commercial vehicles it was 14.29%. One should study how other highly populated countries deal with the issue and learn from that and please let us avoid dictatorial ideas.
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