Killing machines

ANY other agent that has as many negative consequences 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 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.

Humans will have to stop using fossil fuels within 20 years or face a planet that is not fit for life.

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.