Have you ever heard of "Wheels to Work"? No neither had I until about fifteen minutes ago. Apparently it is some scheme to provide teenagers in rural ares with free mopeds and "personal transportation" so they can get to work. Sounds great doesn't it, and to be fair it probably makes sense for local authorities to help young people actually get the jobs.
However, where does this policy sit exactly with congestion, road pricing, the environment and public transport? On the one hand the Government is telling us all that our car usage is evil; we're killing the planet; we must accept paying per usage on the road; and we must all embrace the wonderful *cough* public transport system.
On the other hand it is openly encourages the burning of fossil fuels by the young (how do they afford it?); asks them to add to already congested roads; and discourages development of proper public transport as a by-product of the policy.
Now I'm not suggesting this scheme should be scrapped, what I am saying is that the Government appears to have transport and environmental policies which are completely at odds with each other.