Mandatory car-share

Make it mandatory to have at least x2 people per car during rush hour traffic this would reduce the vehicle pollution by 50% and yes it is feasible? pick up and drop off points at key locations ie St Aubin, Beaumont, Green Island, Sion etcetera. to collect passengers, if you take away the choice of sitting in your car on your own during just 2 hours each day then we can reduce the reliance on cars. yes, it may sound draconian but let's face it, we are running out of time and how bad can it really be to share a car for a twenty minute journey? it will reduce travel time as there will be half the traffic and half the invironmental impact.

 

 

 

 

Why the contribution is important

we all agree that it is time to act, but we are simply a lazy bunch and have become so accustomed to sitting in our cars that this idea could sound preposterous but it actually isn't that difficult to achieve.

 

by DannySEMoisan on February 15, 2021 at 10:59AM

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  • Posted by TKHathaway February 15, 2021 at 13:58

    While it might not be difficult to draft legislation for this, it is a completely unfeasible and draconian idea, that I personally could never support for the following reasons.

    Practically it would be unenforceable, because even if you had an officer walking down the queue of cars, you can't have them stopping traffic to issue on-the-spot fines, and if trying to use automatic number plate recognition systems, how would you separate valid 'single person journeys' from ones that are commuter traffic? Not to mention how people would change their behavior to take different routes, and likely travelling longer distances and spending more time in their cars, or the logistics of operating pick-up/drop-off places which would all need their own road infrastructure.

    The best way to tackle the environmental issues relating from road traffic, is by moving from the internal combustion engine to other more environmentally friendly vehicle power plants. Be those electric, hydrogen or other technologies. We have already built the infrastructure of our society around the automobile and the road network, and that is not going to go away. Transport vehicles are here to stay and it is not convenient or practical to suggest banning their use.

    In terms of noise, and congestion. Well that is mostly a factor of too many cars trying to use the same routes at the same time, which could be more easily ameliorated with things like flexible working, or staggering school start/finish times – although then you may cause issues with public school bus timetables and running an 'efficient' school bus service...Therefore care needs to be taken.

  • Posted by Shanti February 16, 2021 at 16:53

    Making car sharing mandatory might be difficult, but certainly encourage car sharing more is a way forward. The St. Brelade’s Climate Action Group was well on the way to take an initiative for promoting car sharing on a wider basis, when COVID struck...Hopefully, once restrictions are lifted again one can start to resume working on that.
  • Posted by Deborah February 25, 2021 at 22:03

    I don’t think it would be fair to insist that anyone give or accept lifts with people they don’t know because of “stranger danger”.

  • Posted by Shanti February 26, 2021 at 21:28

    Deborah, are you serious? I have shared my car many times in Jersey and never has anybody been worried about that, neither driver nor passenger!
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