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The question: Sports utility vehicles

London mayor Ken Livingstone said last week that he wants to double the congestion charge for drivers of four wheeled drives sports utility vehicles (SUVs).

What do you think of these vehicles?

You think you've got problems with SUVs. Here in Jersey, we only have 45 square miles to drive around and there must be 1,000 of these monsters for each of those miles.

The other day I was on the school run with my daughter and I got caught up with a bunch of mothers delivering their precious children in their collective Shoguns, Land Cruisers, Cherokees and Cheyennes. It felt like I'd strayed into the middle of a UN arms inspection convoy.

All I can say is: go for it Ken, I'm right behind you.

Paul Young, 50, director, Jersey

These massive vehicles are absolutely essential in our green and narrow Devon lanes. How else do you ensure that you always win in a head-on collision and never, ever have to be the person that reverses back to a lay-by when you meet a car coming the other way?

Cocooned in all that sumptuous leather and climate control, one is simply immune to intrusive noises from cockerels, cows and Dudley's dogs. Ah, inane bliss.

Dudley Swain, 57, performance manager, Exeter

Motorists who use such vehicles in London are unlikely to be up in arms about paying double the charge or a little extra tax. The majority of these vehicles serve to convey a statement about their owners and increasing charges will merely underline that statement.

Chris Bennion, 50, design manager, the Wirral

Well done to Ken. At least someone in the Westminster area is trying to progress a sustainable transport policy.

Charles Brewerton, project engineer, London

Offroaders are a menace. They guzzle fuel and tests have shown that in a pedestrian impact they will break bones, even at slow speeds.

Any restrictions would be welcome but a targeted advertising blitz on parents who use them for the school run, similar to the gory seat belt campaigns, would probably be more successful.

Andrew Powell, 41, senior group engineer, Manchester

These people should be tied on to the front bumper of their vehicle and driven through rush hour traffic for a month. If they are still alive after this they should then be driven through brushwood and brambles on a week of off road driving.

Mike Dommett, 47, engineer, London

If you accept and adopt the principle of congestion charging it seems reasonable also to have a sliding scale of charges based on pollution producing potential, which leads me to suggest making central London a motorcycle only zone Robin Thomson, structural engineer, West Lothian While I can appreciate the need for larger vehicles (being 6ft 5in myself), I cannot understand their worth within a city. I can understand owners feeling more secure and safe, but they don't necessarily have the highest NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) safety ratings. People carriers are much more efficient in moving people and better for sharing as well.

Peter Hookham, 42, traffic engineer, Devon

Well done, Ken. 4x4's and SUVs with bull bars should pay quadruple the congestion charge.

Jim Towers, 53, transport planning engineer, Stirling

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