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Fuel-cell technology is not science fiction II

It's a pity the government's report on a sustainable transport system for the UK didn't appear to identify the imminent improvements in car fuel technology as highlighted by Antony Oliver's recent editorial (Comment, NCE 1 November).
The technology is fast becoming available to make cars much less polluting, so measures to support and promote its introduction should be seriously considered in any government report.

The technology certainly doesn't, as Oliver said, address the congestion issue, but the logical answer to that is to build more or widen the intercity roads.

If people want to use cars, and there is the likelihood of car pollution reducing, why not base future transport policy on the use of cars? Since the 1950s people have made the democratic decision to use cars but government policy seems determined to get less well-off people
off the roads.

If the government pushed for alternative-powered cars all manufacturers would develop better cars.

Unless there is something intrinsically wrong with enhancing the national road network why don't we just do it?

Other modes of transport can also be promoted but not at the expense of road transport.

STEVE ROSSITER (M), Steve.Rossiter@uk.mwhglobal.com

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