Some of you may be aware that I came into possession of a new[ish] car recently.
I am extremely happy with it even if it does have a couple of rather annoying quirks. One is that the speedometer is virtually invisible, being heavily shaded by the dashboard and with poor contrast between the numbers, the needle and the background. The other is the placement of the front electric window switches each side of a console almost at floor level. I always drop both front windows before leaving here as with two blind junctions, I can hear if traffic is approaching long before I can see it. The only way to raise those windows is to take my eyes off the road while I fumble for the two switches.
Anyhows, all that aside as I have come up against another problem.
I have discovered that should I decide to hold onto the car for another twenty five years, I shall be forced to dump it. And I mean dump it as it will not be resallable. In fact it will be impossible to resell it long before then.
Our gubmint, in its infinite wisdom is to outlaw all new non-electric vehicles in ten years time. You will not be able to buy a new vehicle after 2030 unless it is battery powered. Those of us who are happy with their existing lot will be graciously allowed to drive our trusty bangers until 2045 at which point they will automatically fail a road safety test purely on the grounds that they are petrol or diesel driven.
I can see a few problems here.
The main problem is that the main polluters on the road are the diesel powered buses and lorries, not to mention trains, tractors and construction machinery. Has anyone ever heard of a battery powered JCB or Massey Furguson? How about a solar powered combine harvester?
The other problem is that more and more petrol stations are going to go out of business as their trade diminishes. Those of us grimly hanging onto our old trusty reliable petrol cars are going to find it increasingly difficult to fuel up.
I can also envisage brownouts and blackouts every night when everyone plugs in cars for an overnight recharge.
And all for what?
All to satisfy some arbitrary theories put forward by the Church of Climate.
God help us!