David Cameron says:
“I want to give the motorist a fair deal.” via Student arrested after protest at David Cameron visit – JournalLive.
I agree, but I am not sure motorists want a fair deal. Let’s consider what a fair deal for motorists might include:
To me a key element of a “fair deal” is a sense of justice. So for a “fair deal” we should offer motorists justice. To do this we would have to:
- Be fair and just in punishing all criminals, such as those who break the speed limit or who park where they shouldn’t. H’mm, maybe that is not the fair deal motorists want.
- Be fair and just in our sentencing. A teacher that kills a child will be banned from teaching for life and imprisoned for many years. So a driver who kills a child should be banned from driving for life and imprisoned for many years. H’mm, maybe that is not the fair deal motorists want.
- Be fair and just in our employment law. Someone using a mobile phone while operating dangerous machinery in a factory would at least lose their job. So drivers using a mobile phone while driving for work should lose their job. H’mm, maybe that is not the fair deal motorists want.
- Be fair and just to employers. Dangerous machinery must have guards and safety equipment to protect the operator and others around, the consequences of not doing this are presumably fines and the risk of being shut down. So therefore all vehicles provided by or used for work must also have appropriate safety guards such as gps tracking that prevents them breaking the speed limit, breathalyser connected to the ignition, full safety inspections and certificates, appropriate training, the requirement to wear safety equipment such as a helmet and hi vis jacket etc or face fines or shut down. H’mm, maybe that is not the fair deal motorists want.
It looks like maybe motorists don’t want a “fair deal” to mean justice.
Maybe by “fair deal” David Cameron is thinking of costs. Do motorists want to pay a fair cost?
- A fair tax presumably means you are covering the full cost of your activity. For motorists that means the full cost not just of maintaining and developing the road network but also the external costs such as provision of emergency services, treating those injured on the roads, paying compensation to the families of those killed, paying for the damage caused by pollution (CO2, particulates, noise etc), congestion, health care caused by the motoring contribution to obesity, heart disease etc, the time lost to business through ill-health and congestion caused by driving etc etc. Sadly at the moment motorists pay far less in tax than the costs of these elements, therefore we will need to increase the cost of motoring significantly.H’mm, maybe that is not the fair deal motorists want.
- A fair cost presumably means that motorists will pay a fair price for the space taken by residential parking as well as parking in town and city centres. With the current pressure on land space, the costs to the environment of parking (water run off etc), the opportunity cost of not being able to use the space for other uses (pedestrian, cyclist, parks etc) it is clear that currently car parking is highly subsidized and so costs will need to be raised by a very large amount. H’mm, maybe that is not the fair deal motorists want.
It looks like maybe motorists don’t want a “fair deal” to mean a fair cost.
After thinking about it I have decided that the very last thing many motorists want is to be given a fair deal by David Cameron. As a pedestrian and cyclist I fully support David Cameron in his brave decision to be fair to the motorist.