ANY other agent that has as many negative consequences for humans as the fossil fuel-powered motor vehicle would long ago have been outlawed.
Every week, our media report another life-changing disaster as the result of a momentary lapse of concentration or an error of judgment.
And the carnage continues unabated as we accept this as a mildly unpleasant side effect of a modern convenience.
It is not the vehicle that is to blame; stationary vehicles are very safe.
My research tells me that the human race will have to stop using fossil fuels within 20 years or face a planet that is not fit for human habitation.
The personal vehicle of the future will most likely be a bicycle or a hybrid electric human-powered vehicle.
I look forward to this safer, quieter and altogether more pleasant way of getting ourselves around.
ROSELT CROESER, Shoalwater.