I came across a strange piece today.
New draft guidelines from the department advise that new developments built by local authorities should limit households to a maximum of one parking space — and that parking spaces should be eliminated entirely in areas where there is sufficient public transport available.
This was in the form of a poll so that’s the only information I have. But it’s enough. Rather startling is that 15% of the brain-dead think it’s great idea. Probably the same 15% who vote for the Greens and who lap up every crazy idea from the gubmint.
So the department reckons that there should only be one car per household? Most people I know have two But I suppose that’s reasonable in a rural context. But there is an intermittent unreliable bus service here so in theory we don’t need any cars at all?
I have a few of thoughts here.
Suppose I have visitors? In my party invite, do I specify that invitations apply only to those prepared to travel by bus? All parties have to end before that last service at night?
Suppose I am employed in one area and the missus has a job in the opposite direction? If I wanted to work in a nearby village for example I would be obliged to get the bus up to Dublin and then another back out to the nearby village?
Suppose both myself and the missus had jobs that require us to travel to several destinations during the day? Doctors, for example?
Suppose I want to do a fortnightly grocery shop and prefer to actually visit the supermarket? How do I carry a trolley load of plastic bags on the bus?
Suppose I just want to own two cars? It’s a free society. Or is it?
I suppose the idea is fine for people who happen to have a job that’s on the same bus route, who don;t have to carry anything to their place of work and who don’t mind standing in the pissing rain while waiting for a bus that doesn’t turn up?
Frankly the idea of trusting my travel arrangements to someone else is scary.