Posted by: vernacularsnoop | August 26, 2008

Swiss Young Greens head ballot initiative to ban gas-guzzlers

I’m not sure if this would fly in the US, but it’s a step in the right direction for Switzerland at least. The Swiss Young Greens have gathered over a hundred thousand signatures to call a national vote on an initiative called “For more people-friendly vehicles.” If passed, the initiative would require new vehicles to meet a certain level of efficiency, with exemptions for existing vehicles and some categories of commercial vehicles. Predictably, some people will claim that they have a right to drive a guzzler, but I think that the clear and present danger these vehicles pose to the environment, others on the road, and their own drivers is sufficient reason to ban them.

End of the road for large cars?

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